check out Google's homepage today and see their acknowledgement of National Flag Day of Canada!
for those interested in history, the Candian Maple Leaf known all around the world replaced the Canadian Red Ensign on the date of February 15, 1965. National Flag Day, as it was previously known, was changed to National Flag Day of Canada in 1996, an initiative brought about by then Prime Minister Jean Chretien (one of my personal faves!)
Prime Minister Chretien took no bull from no one!!! At the first National Flag of Canada celebration, he was accosted by a protester. Chretien grabbed the guy by the throat and threw him to the ground before the RCMP guarding him could even move fast enough!
This grab became known as the Shawinigan Handshake due to the fact that Chretien was from Shawinigan, Quebec. Like i said, Chretien took no bull!
today is not only National Flag day of Canada - it is the 50th anniversary of our beautiful maple leaf flag.
we canadians truly love our maple leaf flag! and many hundreds of thousands of people will be celebrating today. thanks to Google for acknowledging the 50th anniversary of our dear flag!
(if you to Google's homepage the flag waves. i love it!)
and one of my favourite quotes by Chretien:
"On the beach behind us, Canadians gave their lives so the world would be a better place. In death they were not anglophones or francophones, not from the West or the East, not Christians or Jews, not aboriginal people or immigrants. They were Canadians." - Prime Minister, address to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, June 6, 1944, delivered at Juno Beach, near Courseulles, France, June 6, 1994, as quoted by Allan Thompson in The Toronto Star.
Happy 50th National Flag of Canada Day!