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Symbolism

History

The shield for the flag was taken directly from the Coat of Arms. The following is a small explanation of the items seen on the flag. 

  1. The colours in the flag are green and gold. Green has been the traditional colour of Marystown and gold was used to reflect the colours of the Coat of Arms.
  2. The gold wavy lines at the top of the shield represent the waves that continually wash on the shores of Mortier Bay.
  3. The ships wheel in the center signifies the shipbuilding industry and, of course, the fishing industry, which are the mainstays of the economy of our community.
  4. The three small gold drops that surround the wheel represent the “black gold” or the oil that is off our shores.

UBI INCREMENTUM EST VIA VITAE is a Latin phrase meaning…“Where Growth Is A Way Of Life”

The Coat of Arms consists of six parts: 

  1. The base of the Coat of Arms is an island of rocky shores which represents the island of Newfoundland in which Marystown is located.
  2. The vegetation on the island is mainly the English rose, the fleur-de-lis, the shamrock and the pitcher plant. The pitcher plant is the provincial flower of Newfoundland. The three other flowers represent the English and Irish from the 1800’s and the French and Basques fishermen from the 16th and 17th centuries, who originally settled the town. The fleur-de-lis also alludes to the Virgin Mary, after whom the town was named.
  3. The shield is explained above.
  4. The shield sits on the island and is supported on each side by two people that were representative of the two main occupations of the town at the time, a fish plant worker and a ship fitter, in typical garb. These two industries supported our town in the very beginning.
  5. At the top of the shield sits a crown, which signifies our attachment to the British Colonies.
  6. The lighthouse, which sits within the crown, represents what Marystown has been and will continue to be: a ‘safe harbour’ for all who live, work or visit.
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