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image contributed by Darrell Neumann, 15 November 2007
The following information and images were provided to me by Jolyne Bibault regarding the municipal flag of Lourdes, Manitoba:
The emblem was formally approved on December 8th 1990. Local artist Hubert Théroux designed the emblem after discussions with the council. The emblem was made prior to the centennial in 1991.
The emblem had to represent family - hence the two rings around the wheat, agriculture - hence the wheat, the hills of the region - hence the red hills on the blue background, the diversity of the groups who colonized Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes - the fleur-de-lis, the red/white/blue from France and the white cross from Switzerland, and the prairie sun around the whole emblem.
Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes takes its name from Lourdes in France, near Spain, where the virgin Mary appeared. Dom Benoît, the founding priest, chose the name in 1891 as he wanted to create a Christian parish dedicated to the Virgin Mary.
This religious man was broken hearted by the lack of influence by France's churches following the French 100 year revolution. He wanted his church to have influence as it used to, but chose to build it in North America as France had become hostile to religious influence.
The church had much influence in Notre-Dame-de-Lourdes but not much influence remains.
Darrell Neumann, 15 November 2007