The NATIONAL flag of Canada flying above the Administrative Offices, Port Hope, Ontario
The Maple Leaf has been a symbol of Canadian identity since it made its first appearance on February 15, 1965.
Canada's flag is a symbol of NATIONAL unity, representing all Canadian citizens regardless of race, language, belief, or opinion.
The Maple Leaf replaced the Canadian Red Ensign, which featured the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner:
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