Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

February 15, 2009 10:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of National Flag of Canada Day

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 15, 2009) - On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I am very pleased to join with Canadians across the country in celebrating National Flag of Canada Day.

This year, we celebrate the 44th anniversary of that day, in 1965, when our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised on Parliament Hill and in Canadian communities and missions around the world.

Today, our flag is loved by all Canadians and admired around the world as a symbol of freedom, democracy, the rule of law, and respect for human rights. Our flag belongs to each and every one of us and remains the most visible and cherished symbol of our belonging to the Canadian family.

National Flag Day provides us with a great opportunity to celebrate our shared values, our common citizenship, and our sense of belonging to the rich and diverse country that we call home.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken
    Director of Communications
    819-997-7788
    deirdra.mccracken@pch.gc.ca