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National Flag of Canada Day - Feature
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Did You Know?Do's and Don'ts
Do's and Don'ts
Sir Sandford Fleming, 1895
Anatole Vanier, 1927
Gérard Galienne, 1931
Ephrem Côté, 1939
Ligue du drapeau national, c. 1943
Parliamentary Committee, 1946
Canadian Art/Weekend Magazine, 1963
Fortescue Duiguid and John Matheson, 1945-1964
Proposed Flag, 1963
Proposed Flag, 1964
Alan Beddoe and Lester Pearson Parliamentary Committee (Group A)
Reid Scott (NDP), May 1964
George Stanley, March 1964
Parliamentary Committee (Group C Finalist), October 1964
Parliamentary Committee (Group B Finalist), December 1964
St. George's CrossThe St. George's Cross, which is prominent in many provincial and territorial coats of arms, traces its history back to the legend of St. George, who became the patron saint of England in the late Middle Ages. 1577 1707 1707
Royal Union FlagIn the early 1760s, the official British flag was the two-crossed jack or the Royal Union flag (known more commonly as the Union Jack). 1707 1707 1801
Canadian Red EnsignThe Red Ensign, a red flag with the Union Jack in the upper corner, was created in 1707 as the flag of the British Merchant Marine. From approximately 1870 to 1904, it was used on land and sea as Canada's flag, with the addition of a shield in the fly bearing the quartered arms of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.
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