51st Anniversary of the Canadian Flag
February 15, 2016, will mark the 51st anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. It is an opportunity to strengthen and celebrate our identity, our heritage and our symbols, as well as to learn more about the origins of our flag.
“The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion,” declared the Speaker of the Senate at the Inauguration of the new flag in 1965.
On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was just two years away from centennial celebrations when the maple leaf flag was made official by Royal Proclamation. In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.
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