On This Day in 1965 the First Canadian Flag was Raised

Canadian Flag Day Parliament HillToday is Canadian Flag Day as fifty-three years ago today (February 15th) the new Canadian flag was raised on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

Up until that time we were flying first the Union Jack and then the Canadian Red Ensign which was a solid red flag with the Union Jack in the upper left corner and the Canadian Coat of Arms Shield on the right. Canadians wanted their own flag, however, and the search began in 1925. Committees were appointed through successive governments  but no agreement on the design was ever reached. By the early 1960s the search was renewed in earnest as Canada’s Centennial was fast approaching. In December 1964 Parliament voted to adopt the new flag, chosen from three designs, and Queen Elizabeth decided that Canada’s new flag would be raised on February 15, 1965.

At the ceremony presided over by Governor General Vanier, the Speaker of the Senate proclaimed “The flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion.”

You can watch the videos below of the first raising of the Canadian Flag on Parliament Hill as well as a short clip of the making of the first flags in Toronto.

In March 1956, Sudbury Aviation Limited inaugurated its flying school on Whitewater Lake in Azilda. At the time, it was the only school authorized by the government to train pilots in Northern Ontario.
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