|The 45th Anniversary of Canada’s National Flag |
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement on the occasion of the 45th Anniversary of Canada’s National Flag on February 15:
“Since it first appeared in 1965, our distinctive maple leaf flag has become a national icon. It is recognized both at home and abroad as a symbol of peace, democracy, freedom and courage.
“On this date 45 years ago, the flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill, in communities across Canada and at our embassies and missions around the world.
“Just a few days ago, accompanied by our country’s top athletes, Canada’s Olympic flag-bearer Clara Hughes carried our national flag during the opening of the Olympic Winter Games. It was an electrifying moment of intense pride for the entire country.
“I invite Canadians across the country to take a moment and proudly reflect on our flag and what it means to live in such a rich, diverse and blessed country.”
Julie Carmichael 2/15/2010