Wednesday, January 12, 2011

N/ Alphabe-Thursday

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:


I am linking to Jenny Matlock at Alphabe-Thursday HERE

30 comments:

Shirley said...

I don't recall seeing our former Canadian flag, ever. It is attractive but I shall always be proud to wave our flag bearing the maple leaf. Thanks for this post!

Mary said...

I've always liked the fact that the Canadian flag had a leaf on it~ way more identifiable than a series of stripes, crests & stars :-)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

Lovely photo...

I absolutely need to come visit Canada, it's been way too long...

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I've never seen the previous flag before.

Jenny said...

I never even knew there was a previous flag. I like the current one...it's really striking...but this little bit of history was quite nifty.

Thanks for linking to Alphabe-Thursday's letter "N".

I always enjoy visiting you.

A+

Melissa B. said...

A creative way to feature the 14th letter of the alphabet!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Great pic, always nice to fly your colors:@)

Jenn Jilks said...

My daughter had the pleasure of putting the flag on the peace tower during one coop placement! Great N shot.

5thsister said...

I've always loved the Canadian National Flag...so glad you posted this. I did not realize that it replaced a former flag so thank you very much for the education!

Inger-M said...

Your flag is really beautiful! And this is a nice picture of it :-)

Lorac said...

The wrought iron fence at the top is great. I wonder who gets to put the flag up there?

Carol said...

Nice shot! When we were in Canada this past May, we saw this maple leaf flag everywhere and it is beautiful. Canadians are proud of their flag as we are also.

Jack said...

I am surprised to learn that the maple leaf flag is so new. Like everyone else, I love it. It is simple and distinctive.

T. Becque said...

Aside from my own, this was one of the first flags I learned to identify when I was young.

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Both are very pretty but I like the new one with the leaf best.

George said...

That is a beautiful picture of the flag against the sky.

Andy said...

I remember the Ensign. In fact I'm so old I can remember my school flying Elmer The Safety Elephant flag.

see you there! said...

I recognize the Maple Leaf but I sure wouldn't have recognized the earlier one although it was flown during my lifetime.

Thanks for the history lesson.

Darla

★Mumsy★ said...

That's a gorgeous lookout point!

Theresa said...

Neat post!

myorii said...

Beautiful photo! I like the current Canadian flag much more than the old one. Plus, it's so much easier to recognize unlike the flags that are just color stripes. Especially countries that have the same color stripes but in different order. The maple leaf is very original and everyone who sees it knows that it is the Canadian flag.

Gattina said...

I think all flags in the world are symbol of a country's identity.

Small City Scenes said...

I didn't know that. It seems I have seen the Maple Leaf forever. Well I like the newer version. MB

Sue said...

It's a beautiful flag...one of my favorites.

=)

Jacob said...

I am far more fond of the maple leaf! Beautiful flag.

Judie said...

My husband and his family immegrated to the U.S. from Canada sixty years ago this week. I love the maple leaf on your flag for its quiet elegance. It represents your entire country!!

VP said...

A wonderful flag with an interesting history.

Kevin Oke Photography said...

Always good to see the Canadian flag.

Cheers

Pondside said...

I remember the day the Maple Leaf first went up the flag pole at my elementary school. The whole school gathered outside to watch the Red Ensign go down and the Maple Leaf rise. I love it - it's a great symbol.

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

I love the maple leaf as well :o) Thanks for sharing this info...I didn't realize that it has only been shown as the National flag of Canada since 1965.

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