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Flag Day – When & What Is It?

National Flag Day of Canada – When & What Is It?

On February 15, 1965 the flag as we know it today with its iconic red and white stripes and maple leaf, was raised for the first time at Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario.

On the same day in 1996, 31 years later, National Flag Day of Canada was proclaimed. It seems to be a rather well kept secret even among Canadians  🙂

So here are a number of random facts courtesy of

– Canada’s official colours of red and white were approved by King George V in the proclamation of the Royal Arms of Canada in 1921.

– The stylized maple leaf on the flag has eleven points. Unlike the U.S.A. flag where each star represents a state, the points on our flag do not represent the provinces. Each province has their own flag.

– Canada is the only country with a maple leaf on its flag.

– The Canadian flag is twice as long as it is wide. The white panel with the maple leaf makes up half the surface of the flag equal to the two red bars combined.

– The flag was brought to the highest point in the world, Mount Everest in 1982 by Canadian mountaineer Laurie Skreslet and was launched into space in 1984 on the flight with the first Canadian astronaut on the space shuttle Challenger.

Prior to the acceptance in 1965 of the Maple Leaf as we know it, Canada flew the Red Ensign between 1868-1965, a red flag with the Union Jack in the upper corner and originally the shield of Canada in the right. The shield was modified several times over the years. In 1921 Canada’s new official coat of arms took its place on the Canadian Red Ensign with green maple leaves and in 1957 the maples leaves were changed from green to red.

The maple leaf is recognized throughout the world as a symbol of Canada and has come to symbolize unity, tolerance and peace.

As a company we have made a commitment to only sell Canadian made Canada flags. These are more expensive for all of us, but we have definitely seen the quality difference and feel strongly that it is only appropriate to fly a Canadian made Canada flag 🙂

How to fly your flag at half-mast

In times of great loss and tragedy you can honour those affected by flying your flag pole at half-mast. The Government of Canada states”The half-masting of national flags is a well-established procedure whereby countries bestow an honour and express a collective sense of sorrow. Given that such flags are recognized as paramount symbols of their […]

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National Flag Etiquette Part II

Summer calls for opening the cottage, sitting on the dock and raising your flag. But how do you properly display the national flag? In Part I we highlighted national flag Do’s and Don’ts, but there’s still more to cover! The following National Flag of Canada etiquette has been adapted from the Government of Canada website. Configurations How […]

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How to Repair your Flagpole

Our flag poles work hard through rain and wind, sleet and snow, so sometimes after years of wear and tear the interlocking sleeve will need to be replaced. BUT, good news, an interlocking sleeve replacement is included in your 7-year warranty when you purchase a Titan Flagpole. You can download these step-by-step Pole Repair Directions […]

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National Flag Etiquette Part I

Do you have a Canadian flag sitting in your garage waiting to fly in the wind? Maybe you’re worried you’ll make a flag faux-pas or disrespect your nation? You’re right to be cautious, because when the National Flag of Canada or other provincial or territorial flags are displayed, proper consideration and etiquette should be maintained. […]

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Upcoming Winter/Spring 2019 Shows

We kicked off our 2019 show season with the Toronto Boat Show back in January and now we’re gearing up for our next round of shows all across Ontario. We’re bringing you a flag for every season, event or holiday to your city! Drop us a line below in the comments and let us know […]

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Lighting your Flag: Solar Style

Did you know according to flag etiquette, state flags should be only displayed from sunrise to sunset every day? But like most rules, there is an exception: you can keep your flag flying 24/7 if it is properly illuminated during all hours of darkness. We think the most ‘illuminating’ solution to light your state flag during the evening hours is solar […]

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Storing and Caring for your Flagpole

As colder temperatures approach, we wanted to share 5 Steps to keep your flags and Titan flagpoles in tip top shape! Technically your Titan telescopic flagpole can be left out 24×7 for 365 days, it is built for that. ALWAYS leave the pole fully extended to avoid any moisture being able to be trapped and […]

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Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

The “Royal” as its fondly called, is our last show of the year where you can see the demo of the Titan telescopic pole. Need a Christmas present? We have a wide selection of flags including Canadian, provincial, international, seasonal and novelty. Or checkout our options for solar lights – great gift idea! Soon to […]

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International Plowing Match 2016

Join us this coming week for a fantastic experience at the International Plowing Match. As always, we look forward to welcoming you with great show specials and flags for all of your needs! We can be found at 3B 31 Contact Bruce on his cell for FREE passes: 905-960-7174

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