The National Flag of Canada aka the Maple Leaf was officially adopted on February 15, 1965. This date is officially celebrated as National Flag Day. While there are public ceremonies, education programs in schools and special community events, it is not a stat holiday.
I can remember the changing of the flags ceremony as we gathered around the town square. I can remember the excitement and a few tears as the new flag replaced the Union Jack. There was a large (well large for the size of our small little town of 1,800) parade with members of the Legion, Ladies Auxillary, IODE, Scouts, Cubs, Guides and Brownies proudly participating. My Mom took extra care dressing in her grey skirt, white blouse and navy blue Ladies Auxillary uniform. Several of her brothers would be marching as well. I was very excited as I would be marching with the Brownies. It was a day filled with celebration, one that I will long remember!
The Canadian flag is twice as long as it is wide. The centre is a white square with a red 11 point maple leaf in the center and bordered with a red rectangle on each side that is exactly half the size of the white square. The maple leaf signifies nature and the environment in Canada. The number of points on the maple leaf have no significance. The official colours of red and white were declared by King George V in 1921. The red is from the Saint George's Cross and the white from the French royal emblem since King Charles VII.