Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

February 13, 2015 09:00 ET

New Brunswick's Lieutenant-Governor Invites You to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwired - Feb. 13, 2015) - Canadian Heritage

The Government of Canada has awarded $34,000 to Her Honour the Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick, for a series of activities to mark the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament (Fredericton), made the announcement today on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.

Quick Facts

  • The money will go toward organizing a flag-raising ceremony; developing an exhibit on the National Flag of Canada that will be open to the public from February 15 to March 31, 2015; and launching a video contest in which young people will be invited to talk about what the flag means to them.
  • The National Flag of Canada was officially adopted on February 15, 1965. Since then, it has become a powerful symbol of our great country and a source of inspiration and pride for us all.

Quotes

"As we prepare to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, in 2017, celebrations like the 50th anniversary of the National Flag of Canada demonstrate what we have accomplished as a people. On February 15, let's celebrate together Canada's national flag, a symbol that represents us and makes us proud of being Canadian."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Activities like this provide a showcase for our history and highlight the important milestones that define us as country. Our Government is proud to be involved in such a project, which encourages Canadians of all ages to express their pride in the National Flag of Canada, which turns 50 this year."

-The Honourable Keith Ashfield, Member of Parliament (Fredericton)

"This is a time to celebrate 50 years of both the national and New Brunswick flags-both created 50 years ago this month, and both created by New Brunswickers. They are symbols which make us proud of where we live, proud of our heritage and proud to be Canadian. Our flag brings joy on holidays and at public events, sorrow when flown at half-mast, honour when draped over a coffin. It unifies and makes us grateful."

-Her Honour the Honourable Jocelyne Roy-Vienneau, Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick

Associated Links

50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada

National Flag of Canada Day

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