National Flag of Canada Day

On this day, 45 years ago, Canada raised its official national flag for the first time.  Prior to 1965, Canada had flown the Canada Red Ensign which visually expressed our close ties with Britain.  In 1964 Lester B. Pearson created an all-party committee to review and choose a new flag that would represent Canada’s international sovereignty and national unity.

The colors of the Canadian flag, red and white, became Canada’s official colors in 1921.  Originally they represented the shared heritage of French and English.  However today we recognize that the red and white now stand for the many nations and cultures that call Canada their native land.

The maple leaf has been an emblem of Canada used by many throughout Canada’s history.  During the first and second world war it was used by Canadian soldiers to distinguish themselves from other nations.

As today is flag day, may we be reminded of the nation which we call Canada.  We are truly blessed to call ourselves Canadians.  Let us also remember the greater dominion of God today.  We are a Holy nation within a nation.  Over our heads fly the Canadian flag, but our souls belong to the King of Kings.

Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion in thy loving care;
Help us to find, O God, in thee
A lasting, rich reward,
As waiting for the better Day,
We ever stand on guard.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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