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“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,” declared the Speaker of the Senate at the Inauguration of the new flag in 1965.
On February 15, 1965 our national flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill. Canada was just two years away from centennial celebrations when the maple leaf flag was made official by Royal Proclamation. In 1996, February 15 was declared National Flag of Canada Day and has been observed every year since.
In 2016, the National Flag of Canada is celebrating its 51st anniversary. Canadians are invited throughout the year to join together and celebrate this important symbol of our Canadian identity by organizing their own events and by showing their pride on social media."