Shore Region celebrates Flag Day

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Historical society, air cadets among participants in recognizing red maple leaf

There are many reasons why to celebrate our national flag, and Murray Scott spoke about two of them last weekend.

Shore Region celebrates Flag Day

PARRSBORO There are many reasons why to celebrate our national flag, and Murray Scott spoke about two of them last weekend.

Those who study flags throughout the world say that the Canadian flag is one of the most noted and recognized for two reasons: one is the bright colours, as the red and white makes it very bright and easy to recognize, said the Cumberland South MLA.

But also because of its simplicity. A lot of flags are very complicated but our flag is a very simple plain flag that really reflects what I believe this country is all about.

Canada is well recognized internationally for its humanitarian efforts, according to Scott, who said Canadian armed forces also carry great reputations around the world.

He paid tribute to all Canadian soldiers serving in foreign lands today fighting for the rights that we take for granted here in this country.

National Flag of Canada Day was marked nationwide on Feb. 15, the day the red maple leaf first flew over the Parliament buildings in 1965.

Hundreds of communities across the country celebrate Flag Day, including Parrsboro, which chose to hold its event on Sunday, Feb. 18. Air cadets raised the flag in front of a small crowd gathered for the outdoor ceremony at the legion, followed by a tea and bake sale inside.

Its a perfect opportunity to celebrate our flag and what it stands for a country and a citizenship that are the envy of the world, said Parrsborough Shore Historical Society president Frank Hartman.

In our often understated ways, be it instructing students in a school classroom, taking time to listen to the stories of veterans or volunteering at the local community centre, Canadians share their pride in our flag and their common values.

Having the national flag for the past 42 years takes nothing away from the many flags Canada has flown in the past, according to Parrsboro Mayor Doug Robinson, who said each one has showed the evolution of Canada into a common nation.

It is important to realize how the flag brings the country together, the mayor explained, pointing out that even non-Canadians wear the maple leaf in foreign lands because Canadians are so well regarded internationally.

I think that speaks volumes for our country, said Robinson. We havent really settled all the hassles, disagreements and different points of view of everyone in the country and we probably never will. But one of the things that could help us do that would be one national flag, and that is the red maple leaf.

Organizations: Parrsborough Shore Historical Society

Geographic location: PARRSBORO, Canada

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