- The Maple Leaf is Canada's most recognizable symbol. Canadians love sharing the Maple Leaf with the world -- and even in orbit:
- — Dave Williams (@AstroDaveMD)Thu, Feb 05 2015 22:27:51@CdnPress - Riding end of Canadarm on spacewalk to change gyroscope on Space Station & having the Canadian Flag on my left shoulder.
- — M G Roy (@thatwasmypoint)Thu, Feb 05 2015 21:27:21
- — Steve Bainbridge (@BainbridgeSA)Mon, Feb 09 2015 15:14:34
- It's hard to think of Canada without it's most famous symbol, but back in the 1960s, there was a huge debate about whether Canada needed its own flag. Some who embraced the flag right away were criticized:
- — Heather Scoffield (@hscoffield)Thu, Feb 12 2015 14:03:06
- — Lee-Anne Goodman (@leeanne25)Thu, Feb 12 2015 12:17:24Lester P. Pearson sparked media hostilities with his 24 Sussex Canadian flag tea party. http://www.brandonsun.com/national/breaking-news/lester-b-pearsons-tea-party-about-new-canadian-flag-spurred-media-hostilities-291624851.html …
- Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson fought for a new flag, while then-opposition leader John Diefenbaker argued that ditching the red ensign flag (below) would harm Canada's deep ties to Britain.
- The kerfuffle was chronicled in a famous heritage minute:
- Online, people are sharing their earliest flag memories:
- — Janine Haines (@JanineHaines)Wed, Feb 04 2015 19:27:31
- — Bonnie Sharp (@eggette58)Wed, Feb 04 2015 22:27:51#mapleleaf50 I was in Grade One and asked to help raise the new Canadian flag at Springbank Public School-one very proud little girl!
- — Brock Justinick (@WirelessBadger)Wed, Feb 11 2015 18:22:27
Canada's Maple Leaf turns 50, going on forever
The Maple Leaf flag turned 50 in February. Here's a look at how the flag came to be, and what it means to Canadians.
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