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It’s the anniversary of a national symbol, which has made Canada known worldwide.
On Monday, February 15th, the Canadian Flag turns 51.
The flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill on February 15th, 1965.
“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.
According to the Government website, many times throughout history, the Government of Canada discussed the importance of our country having its own flag, but no one could decide on what it should be.
In 1964, the creation of a distinctive Canadian flag was made a priority for the centennial celebration of Confederation.
By 1967, Parliament still hadn’t agreed on the design so the task of finding a national flag was given to an all-party Parliamentary committee, and they recommended the single leaf, red and white design.
The motion was passed to adopt this design as the National Flag of Canada with a vote of 163 to 78 on December 15, 1964.
The winning flag was picked because of the simplicity of the design that made it easily recognizable, and the use of national colours.
The maple leaf had also become a symbol of Canadian pride and national identity with Canadian troops and athletes using it on their uniforms abroad.
In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.
In 2016, Canadians are celebrating the day on social media, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.