Fleur-de-lis

This “lily flower” injected its way throughout mankind’s history, but its origins have been clouded in mystery. It has been uncovered on ancient European helmets and statues of Indian kings. Still, for centuries, this emblem held an important place among those with French ancestry. French explorers carried flags and banners with this emblem to their discovered lands. French knights had the flower embellished on their coat of arms and embroidered into their capes in remembrance and honor of their king and nation. This symbol can be found in religious symbols, the crests of monarchs, regal artwork, and the subtle form of everyday items. This fleur de lis generated a path for this emblem and its historical attachment to all things French.

In Christianity, it has historically represented the Virgin Mary, but at times, it has personified Christ and the Trinity. The untainted symbol also represented the purity, strength, and power of a mother’s love for her children. Some sacred legends suggested that the Franks’ king, Clovis I, was anointed by angels and gifted a lily by a heavenly messenger at his baptism. Pope Leo III ordained Charlemagne with a crown decorated with the fleur de lis and awarded the ruler a banner with gold lilies stitched onto the blue material. Since then, the bloom was included in the flag of Joan of Arc and the shield of King Louis VI. From its very first tales, the flower found its way into the hearts and souls of the French nation and those with ties to its country.

In North America, French Canadians embraced the emblem for it symbolized the French presence on this continent. In the new world, Jaques Cartier brought a flag bearing the lily to North American lands and flew the pennant to honor his King, Francis I. The flower appears on the cornerstone of the Notre-dame church in Montreal, and it became a symbol on Quebec’s flag and its coat of arms in 1948. My own family the Le Ducs in Quebec created a family Crest to honor the Le Duc men that sailed to New France.

And for me, the fleur de lis continued to represent my French Canadian roots. It has influenced the heart of a people that faced challenges in rugged, new lands. It has maintained the memory of the kings’ daughters as they married unknown men and bore children while carving out homes in the wilderness. It has reminded me of the women that came before me. It has revealed the everlasting symbol of purity, strength, and power of a mother’s love for her children.

The coat of arms of the Leduc d’Amérique
The crest symbolizes the story of the four Leducs from different families who crossed the Atlantic Ocean to settle in New France. Now the descendants of these four pioneers have spread to the four corners of North America. For more than three centuries, the blood of the Leducs has been beating strongly in their hearts.
Meaning of the colors
On a pale blue background is a white shield on which a fleur-de-lis is colored dark blue, right side, at the top, to symbolize France. A broad dark blue line crossing the shield from top to bottom represents the Atlantic Ocean. On the left side, four red hearts aligned in a slight curve, represent the four living Leduc strains. The whole is surrounded by two golden banners. The top one bears the name of LEDUC in black characters while the other is printed with the motto:
We came – we stayed.

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Association Des Familles Leduc D’amérique, Leduc Families Association of America , 2014, https://www-leducamerique-org.translate.goog/accueil.html?_x_tr_sl=fr&_x_tr_tl=en&_x_tr_hl=en&_x_tr_pto=sc&_x_tr_sch=http.

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