Introduced in concert with the region’s tricentennial anniversary, the new Metairie Flag celebrates the area’s people, culture, history, and ideals.
Already recognized by flag experts as “among the best in the United States,” the flag’s distinctive colors and features display a diverse French-Spanish-American heritage and a sincere appreciation for the area’s rich Louisiana history and New Orleans ancestry.
Both familiar and fresh, 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. Each flag measures 3’x5′. 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.