NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -Keep your eyes peeled to the flag poles in Metairie. Residents may see a brand new symbol flying over their city.
Jefferson Parish leaders introduced the flag in concert with the region’s tricentennial anniversary. According to the report, the new Metairie Flag celebrates the area’s people, culture, history, and ideals.
The flag’s features display a diverse French-Spanish-American heritage and a sincere appreciation for the area’s rich Louisiana history and New Orleans ancestry, according to JP officials.
The most notable attributes of the flag are its three golden fleurs and coeurs de lis (flowers and hearts of the lily) balanced in a coupling of trinity arrangements, respectively representing tradition, wisdom, prosperity, opportunity, faith, and innovation. The red and blue foundation and aspirational thin, white stripe signify the principles of natural liberty and equal justice guiding a limited, transparent government.
The flag’s silent motto is “Ardentibus Cordibus Floremus” or, more simply, “With ardent hearts, we flourish.” This maxim is an overture to the strength and potential of Metairie, its people in collaboration with the community from freshly blossomed couer de lis to fully mature fleur de lis, continually renewing and growing.
The Jefferson Chamber Young Professionals (JCYP) believe the creation and promotion of a Metairie-specific flag will spark a unique sense of place and identity for the Metairie area and its associated Metairie Ridge communities of Jefferson, Elmwood, and River Ridge.
JCYP is distributing flags throughout the community in partnership with the Jefferson Chamber Foundation. All tax-deductible donations for flags (and future flag-related merchandise) will benefit the Metairie area and go exclusively to JCYP-led quality of life improvement projects.