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Canadian Heritage

February 15, 2010 12:30 ET

Government of Canada Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2010) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Official Languages and Member of Parliament (Saint Boniface), invites Canadians to join together on February 15 to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada.

"Forty-five years ago, the Maple Leaf flag was raised on Parliament Hill, across Canada, and at Canadian missions around the world for the first time. Today, our 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. "This year our flag is more visible than ever, as Canada proudly hosts the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver."

"The maple leaf is a familiar symbol of our vast and beautiful country, and our national flag reflects the shared values and traditions that make up our identity as Canadians," said Mrs. Glover. "This day provides a wonderful opportunity for us to join together to celebrate Canada's enduring symbol."

National Flag of Canada Day provides Canadians with the opportunity to pay homage to our cherished Maple Leaf flag. To support the celebration of this special day, the Government of Canada has designed a National Flag of Canada Day poster highlighting the history of the flag. A new interactive web page is also being launched, allowing visitors to learn about the history and development of the Canadian flag. A number of educational materials about Canada's flag are also available on the Department of Canadian Heritage website at

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

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