National Flag of Canada Day History
National Flag of Canada Day marks the day on which the Canadian Flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill in Ottawa. In 1963, Canada's Prime Minister, Lester B. Pearson, pitched a very controversial speech in which he proposed creating a new maple leaf flag. Although he was met with a deeply divided Canada, on February 15, 1965, two years before Canada's 100th birthday, the new flag, a red maple leaf on a white square between two red borders, was raised for the first time and declared official by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Royal Proclamation.
To this day, Canada's red and white maple leaf flag is one of the most recognizable flags in the world. The flag's main symbol, the red maple leaf, has since become a symbol of Canadian pride and national identity. In 1996, February 15th was officially declared National Flag of Canada Day.
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