Flag Day!

Happy National Flag of Canada Day! I flipped the page on my Harry Potter calendar this morning and was surprised and delighted to see it marked as a special Canadian day. Who knew?

Canada Flag.pngFebruary 15 is the day that Canada celebrates the inauguration of our current flag, which became officially ours in 1965. Canada has celebrated National Flag of Canada Day since 1996.

Prior to becoming a part of Canada’s flag, the red maple leaf was used as early as the 1800s. It appeared on military badges and medals, provincial coat of arms, and Canadian coins.

I loved learning a little bit more about my country’s history this morning, and as it’s a special year I wanted to share it with all of you!

Check out my local library’s Read 150 Challenge for Canada’s 150th birthday.

Also check out the Government of Canada’s page for the awesome social media promotions, history, and videos about Canada’s flag.

It’s the 150th. What are you reading, Canada?