Maple Leaf or l’Unifolié

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This card shows a Canada Day Living Flag. Really love it!!!!!! And to be honest, well done to those standing there as it is not the easiest flag to portrait.

The National Flag of Canada is a flag consisting of a red field with a white square at its centre, in the middle of which is featured a stylized, 11-pointed, red maple leaf. Adopted in 1965 to replace the Union Flag, it is the first ever specified by statute law for use as the country’s national flag. The Canadian Red Ensign had been unofficially used since the 1890s and was approved by a 1945 Order in Council for use “wherever place or occasion may make it desirable to fly a distinctive Canadian flag”.

In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson appointed a committee to resolve the issue, sparking a serious debate about a flag change. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley and John Matheson, based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. The flag made its first official appearance on February 15, 1965; the date is now celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day.

I just love to read about these little history stand behind each flag and their country. I hope one day I will see the Maple Leaf flying high in Canada. I would love to visit Ottawa – please see my post with really amazing postcard pictures – Vancouver and Quebec with it’s beautiful old town.

What other exciting cities or areas would you recommend to explore in Canada?

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