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February 15, 2010 12:45 ET

Government of Canada Invites Canadians to Celebrate the 45th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, the Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament (Calgary Southeast), invites Canadians to join together on Monday, February 15, for the 45th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada. Minister Moore is taking part in a celebration at the Canada Pavilion in Vancouver today, while Minister Kenney is attending a flag-raising ceremony at Ottawa City Hall.

"On this day 45 years ago, the red and white Maple Leaf flag was first raised on Parliament Hill, across Canada, and at Canadian missions around the world. Today, our distinctive flag is cherished by Canadians and admired throughout the world as a symbol of freedom, democracy, rule of law, and human rights," said Minister Moore.

"Flag Day is an opportunity to honour our history, as well as the sacrifices made in defence of our country under the flag and its predecessors, the historical flags of Canada. Since it was proclaimed by the Queen in 1965, the Maple Leaf flag has been Canada's most recognizable national symbol," said Minister Kenney.

Proclaimed in 1996, National Flag of Canada Day provides Canadians with the opportunity to pay homage to our Maple Leaf flag. A new webpage is being launched featuring an interactive timeline, allowing visitors to learn about the history and development of the Canadian flag throughout the years. The Government of Canada has a number of educational materials on flag symbolism, flag etiquette, and facts about the flag that are available at

(This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.)

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