Milestones - 2015
50th Anniversary of the National Flag of Canada
Our red and white maple leaf flag was first raised over Parliament Hill 50 years ago on February 15, 1965. This is a significant and special milestone as Canadians prepare for the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
The 50th anniversary of our National Flag in 2015 allows Canadians to reflect on our flag and what it represents — a strong, proud and free country. Our national flag speaks to what we have accomplished together, to the historical moments that have served to define us, and to the promising future of this great country.
As one of the Fathers of Confederation and Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald's (born January 11, 1815) role in shaping Canada's history is unparalleled. He was instrumental, with the assistance of Sir George-Étienne Cartier, in expanding Canada to the Pacific Ocean. During his years as Prime Minister, Canada experienced rapid growth and prosperity. Manitoba, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island joined Confederation, while the last spike of the Canadian Pacific Railway's transcontinental line was driven into the ground. He also created the North West Mounted Police, the precursor to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
In 2015, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the writing of In Flanders Fields and the Second Battle of Ypres. This iconic poem was written on May 3, 1915 by Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae during the Second Battle of Ypres — the first time gas was used in modern warfare.
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