By Pam Damoff
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 4:30 pm ·  0 Comments
On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Every year on February 15th we celebrate our beautiful flag which is internationally recognized as a symbol of peace, freedom, integrity and diversity.
February 15th was officially designated National Flag of Canada Day in 1996, thanks in large part to former MP for Parkdale-High Park and current Oakville North-Burlington resident Jesse Flis, who spent years advocating for official recognition of this important national symbol.
According to Mr. Flis, the Canadian flag is revered and recognized around the global. “Our flag is an international symbol which is respected in countries around the world,” said Flis. “It is very important to me to have a day officially designated for all Canadians to honour and appreciate our flag.”
At the official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian flag on Parliament Hill in 1965, the Honourable Maurice Bourget, Speaker of the Senate said, “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.”
Today schools, homes, businesses and millions of other sites across our nation will honour and display Canadian flags as a representation of our pride in being a beacon of strength, fairness and freedom around the world.
2017 marks Canada’s 150th year of Confederation and our flag remains a symbol of our national unity. All Canadians are encouraged to display our flag proudly as we come together as a country to celebrate all the things that make Canada great.
Residents are invited to drop by the Oakville North-Burlington community office at 2525 Old Bronte Road, Suite 590 in Oakville to pick up a Canadian flag poster to hang in homes and offices across the riding in honour of Flag Day, Canada’s 150th and our country.