Sunday, February 15, 2015

Video: Happy 50th Flag Day Canada

On Flag Day last year, I wrote this:

February 15, 1965

Lester Pearson

Address on the inauguration of the national flag of Canada.

On September 5, 1945 an Order-in-Council was passed declaring the Red Ensign to be Canada's National Flag pending a decision of the Parliament of Canada. 

Such a decision was made in December 1964 after long and vigorous Parliamentary debate and careful Committee consideration and recommendation. As a result of this decision by the Canadian Parliament and on the advice of the Government of Canada, Her Majesty, our beloved Queen, was pleased to issue a Proclamation that the Flag we are about to raise today should be the Flag of Canada....

Go read the rest here.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Canada's flag.

CTV has a 3 part series on the ebbs and flows of debate as the country sought to adopt today's flag.  Well worth the watch:  Seeking the origins of the Maple Leaf flag, finding the soul of our nation

The Maple Leaf
Our Emblem Dear,
The Maple Leaf Forever.
God save our Queen and heaven bless,
The Maple Leaf Forever.

Check out the lyrics here of Canada's unofficial anthem.

Happy Flag Day Canada.  Looking good for 50!!

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