|National Flag of Canada Day|
February 15 is National Flag of Canada Day.
It marks the day in 1965 when our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and indeed, hundreds of communities across Canada.
This is a perfect opportunity to celebrate our flag and what it stands for — a country and a citizenship that are the envy of the world. In our often understated ways, be it instructing students in a school classroom, taking time to listen to the stories of veterans, or volunteering at the local community centre, Canadians share their pride in our flag and in their common values.
In its striking simplicity, the National Flag of Canada speaks to the exciting challenges and opportunities of our future. At the same time, it speaks to all that we have accomplished together as a people and to those moments that have served to define us. The creation of our flag in 1965 was such a moment.
While very much focussed on our flag, the National Flag of Canada Day Web pages provide interesting information on five key moments that have made us who we are as a country and a people:
The Battle of Vimy Ridge (1917)
The Statute of Westminster (1931)
The National Flag of Canada (1965)
The Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982)
The past, present and future can all be found in the folds of the National Flag of Canada. While we are still a relatively young country, our rich and fascinating history is only equalled by our incredible spirit and vitality that will define our future.
February 15 — National Flag of Canada Day — is the perfect opportunity to share our pride in Canada and being Canadian.
Sandra P. 2/11/2016