Canada today is celebrating 51 years of the Canadian Flag. The National Flag of Canada was raised for the first time on February 15, 1965, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. 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.
“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.
SOURCE: Embassy of Canada, Athens / Government of Canada
PHOTO: Government of Canada