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Civic heraldry of Canada
Province : Quebec
Arms : Quarterly Or and Vert, a sprig of three shamrocks, a rose, a fleur-de-lis and a thistle in cross, their stems conjoined in fess point Argent.
Crest: A beaver couchant proper on a branch of maple Vert.
Supporters: Two great blue herons proper each holding in its beak a maple leaf and standing on a grassy mount Vert.
Motto: AB UNITATE PROSPERITAS
The arms were officially granted on June 20, 2008.
The field is divided into four parts, symbolizing a crossroads or meeting place, not unlike Richmond. The dividing lines also represent the railroad and the Rivière Saint-François, two important means of transportation in the town’s history. The central figure of the coat of arms consists of a shamrock, a rose, a fleur-de-lis and a thistle. Together, they form a single figure representing the first inhabitants of the area who came from various countries to settle in the region. The four flowers are elements taken from the town’s former emblem. Thus, they ensure the continuity of Richmond’s emblematic heritage.
The beaver symbolizes industry and the efforts of the citizens to improve their town. Sitting atop a small branch of green maple leaves, the beaver has been part of the town’s emblem for decades.
The great blue herons are magnificent birds found in the area. They symbolize Richmond’s rich natural heritage and geographic location. Each holds a green maple leaf in its beak, recalling the small maple branch depicted in the crest.
The motto means “Prosperity through unity.”
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