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1965: Canada’s new Maple Leaf flag raised in Ottawa

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On Feb. 15, 1965, for the first time in the country's 98-year history, Canadians raise an official national flag. At noon on Parliament Hill, RCMP constable Joseph Secours, 26, lowers the Red Ensign and hoists the new Maple Leaf atop the Peace Tower in Ottawa. Canadians across the country and abroad do the same. In many of the official ceremonies, members of the Canadian Army and Royal Canadian Navy have the honour of raising the new flag.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News
Broadcast Date: Feb. 15, 1965
Duration: 23:31
Host: Lloyd Robertson
Guest: Lester B. Pearson

Did You know?


• The federal government suggests Canadians use official flag etiquette, including a list of proper terminology:
• The halyard is the rope that raises and lowers the flag.
• The fly is the half side farthest from the halyard.
• The hoist is the closest half.
• The upper half of the hoist, called the canton, is the area of highest honour.
• A finial is a decorative ornament, such as a crown, at the top of the flagpole.

• Officially, a flag flies at half-mast to show respect for someone who has died. Canadian government flag etiquette states that half-mast rather than half-staff is the correct terminology. American government etiquette states the opposite.

• The official name of the Canadian flag is the National Flag of Canada.


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