50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada
February 15, 2015
Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable
David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada
OTTAWA— Fifty years ago this very day—February 15, 1965—thousands of Canadians gathered on Parliament Hill to watch as our country’s flag was hoisted high and flew for the first time.
General the Right Honourable Georges P. Vanier, Governor General of Canada at that time, was one of those thousands there that day. As the frigid February winds whipped across the red maple leaf, General Vanier called that new flag a symbol of the unity of purpose and high resolve that would further shape our Canadian culture. What that day, those words and, most of all, that flag represented was then—and remains now—unmistakeable. From that day on, we would think bigger and reach further than ever before.
On this 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada, I ask you to consider what you will do to continue reflecting the values of unity, inclusion and generosity that our flag embodies.
Rideau Hall Press Office
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