Canadian Flag Road
As a symbol of national dignity and honor, the national flag can not only show the country’s historical origins and cultural traditions, but also reflect the aesthetic taste and customs of a nation. By convention, on important occasions such as foreign affairs events, international conferences, international cultural, sports competitions, expositions, and the signing of treaties and agreements between countries, the flags of participating countries must be displayed.
The national flag in the modern sense was originally produced in modern Europe, and it is an inevitable product of the enhanced sense of national sovereignty. The ruling classes of various European countries in the Middle Ages regarded the “heraldry” as the symbol of the family. Later, the ribbon color and badge pattern of the “heraldry” developed into the national flag of the nation. It is generally believed that the national flag originated from the military flags of the Crusades. In addition, after the opening of the new route, the maritime signal flag, as a means of communication for warships and merchant ships, has also greatly inspired the generation of the flags of these countries. In the 20th century, a large number of colonial countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America gained independence. They successively formulated their own national flags, or added national emblems or new patterns on the basis of traditional national flags, to show that they had gotten rid of imperialist rule, established independent countries, and entered the country. new society. Canada] was founded in 861 and gained diplomatic independence in 1926, but, until] 963, still did not have its own official flag. As a symbol of national sovereignty and dignity, the process of establishing the Canadian flag presents a real, tangible history.
Historically, the change to the Canadian flag has gone through three stages. The first official flag was the British Union Jack with red on a blue background during the colonial era, first raised on Canadian soil in 1621. The second flag is the Dominion flag after the Dominion came into being in 1867, that is, the Red Army flag, with the rice flag and the Dominion badge on it. In 1870, the Red Army flag was first used on a Canadian ocean-going ship. After World War I, the Red Army flag flew everywhere in Canada. In 1924, the Red Army flag became the national flag of Canada. The Red Army flag evolved from the British Red Army flag. The upper left corner of the flag is the Union Jack, the lower right corner is the Canadian coat of arms, and in the middle are the logos of the four provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Although this flag was also flown in government buildings during this period, the Red Army flag was never officially established as the national flag. Although it has been used for more than 50 years, it has always been affected by the national population of 30.00. 8% of French residents boycotted. French residents are not satisfied with the Union Jack in the upper left corner of the flag, nor are they satisfied that there are only three small golden orchids in the national emblem on the right side of the flag to indicate their origins with France. The third is the Maple Leaf Flag established by Parliament in 1964. Canada _ has been in a conflict between allegiance to Britain and independence. In the 1960s, Canada, which was undergoing urbanization, became a multi-ethnic country due to the decline of the older generation of British people and the influx of multi-ethnic immigrants. However, in the face of the wave of national unification and national unity, the “flag-protecting faction” and the “flag-changing faction” have argued for more than 20 years. Pearson, the leader of the Change-of-Flag faction, has been pushing for changes to flag laws, hoping to design a flag with Canadian characteristics. The reason why the change of flag was facilitated during his tenure as Prime Minister is not only related to the background of Canada’s 100th anniversary of the founding of the country, but also to his diplomatic experience. During the Suez Canal Crisis, the Egyptian government objected to Canada sending peacekeepers on the grounds that the Canadian army’s red flag was very similar to that of the United Kingdom, which was Egypt’s enemy at the time. Pearson therefore more hoped to cut the “umbilical cord” with the United Kingdom in obedience to public opinion, making the maple leaf pattern the dominant of the new flag. The “Flag Protectionists” represented John, and Diefen Baker represented those British Americans and soldiers who had special feelings for the Red Army flag, and they believed that the new flag design must retain the word “mi” to show Canada’s origins with the United Kingdom. In June 1964, the Congressional new flag proposal began formal debate, but, until September, has not been negotiated results. Pearson set up a 15-member flag committee from all parties in Congress to develop a new flag within six weeks. During this period, ordinary Canadians also participated in the discussion of the design proposals. They submitted more than 3,500 design proposals to the National Flag Commission, of which more than 2,000 designs contained the maple leaf pattern, and 408 designs retained the commonwealth flag. The 359 schemes contain lilies that signify French origin. The committee finally concentrated on three designs – a maple leaf flag with red and white as the main color; three red maple leaf flags with blue borders on a white background; and a red flag with iris and rice characters. On October 22, the committee voted on the first two options. Conservative MPs thought that Liberal MPs would definitely vote for Pearson’s three maple leaf flags, so they voted for a maple leaf flag designed by George Stanley. Surprisingly, seven Liberal MPs also voted for the latter. In this way, the Maple Leaf Flag was unanimously approved by the 14 members of the committee. On December 17, the House of Lords voted. Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom also quickly approved the new flag plan and announced that the maple leaf flag would be adopted in 196. It came into effect on February 15, 2005. Diefenbaker, however—has been adamant about it. According to the will, after his death, his coffin was still covered with the Red Army flag.
The style, design, pattern and color of the national flag condense the characteristics of a country, carry important time and space information such as the country’s history, culture, religion, and customs, and are a window to explore the country’s history. The Committee of 15 is the legal designer of the Maple Leaf Flag. The flag of the Maple Leaf Flag is a rectangle with a length and width of 2:1, which are red, white, and red from left to right. The red rectangles on both sides represent the warm Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, and the white square in the middle symbolizes the vastness of Canada. The center of the square is painted with a red maple leaf pattern with 11 corners, which is like a fire rising in the snow, which is particularly eye-catching. Red symbolizes warmth, the dedication of the Canadian people in their struggle for independence, freedom and liberation, the blood of revolutionary pioneers, bravery, sincerity and enthusiasm, and joy, victory and prosperity as a nation. White symbolizes peace, purity, integrity and justice, and symbolizes hope for a better future. Most of Canada’s territory is within the Arctic Circle, the climate is cold, and most areas are covered by ice and snow, and white also represents snow.
The maple leaf flag also reflects the rich natural resources in Canada. Canada is rich in maple trees, and the maple forests on both sides of the road cannot be seen at a glance. In summer, tall maple trees and green maple leaves are lush and vibrant. In autumn, the turquoise maple leaves turn light yellow first, then golden yellow, and then turn from yellow to red, from light red to bright red, like a girl who is constantly changing clothes, like a flaming bonfire. Therefore, Canada is also known as the “Land of Maple Leafs”. Canadians believe that the maple leaf is a symbol of beauty, a symbol of strength and uprightness, and a symbol of purity and eternity. The maple tree has an extraordinary meaning in the hearts of the people. The beauty of the maple leaf and the value of maple sugar make the Canadian people full of affection for it. The maple tree has become the national tree of Canada and a symbol of the entire Canadian nation. As early as more than 200 years ago, the maple leaf has been regarded as the national symbol of Canada. In 1805, the French Canadian province’s Le Québec newspaper first depicted the maple leaf as the province’s symbol. In 1847, the Rev. McCall of Toronto called the maple leaf “the emblem of Canada chosen by God.” In 1860, the maple leaf first appeared on a formal occasion as a Canadian icon when the citizens of Toronto welcomed the Prince of Wales to Canada. In 1868, Quebec and Ontario successively painted the maple leaf pattern on the gun, which marked the first time that the maple leaf appeared on the real thing with a fixed pattern. In World War I, the maple leaf was also used as the symbol of Canadian soldiers participating in the war. During this period, the combination of white and red first appeared on the Service Medal presented by Queen Victoria. On November 2, 1921, the Canadian government suggested that the maple leaf should be used as the main pattern of the national emblem. That year, King George V made red and white the national colors of Canada. From this point of view, there are traces of the birth of the Maple Leaf Flag.
After the new flag was produced, it was loved by most Canadians and was widely accepted even in Quebec. At 12 noon on February 15, 1965, the Maple Leaf Flag was solemnly raised on the Peace Tower in the middle of the Ottawa Parliament Building. However, some British residents expressed dissatisfaction with the new flag, and some French residents were also dissatisfied. Some people even talk about overthrowing the government and re-election. Although the Parliament passed the resolution to adopt the new flag, it also stipulated that the British flag should be used as the second national flag and should be hoisted together when handling official affairs to indicate that Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.
On October 30, 1995, Quebec held a referendum on the province’s independence. Citizens of Quebec spontaneously marched in Montreal, and their maple leaf flags evoked strong patriotic enthusiasm among thousands. After the parade, people demanded that the Maple Leaf Flag be a symbol of the national spirit. On February 12, 1996, Prime Minister Chretien officially declared February 15 each year as Canada’s Flag Day. The Canadian government stipulates that on Flag Day, millions of national flags are flown across the country. One of the “Love Canada” campaigns launched in recent years is to give away the national flag. The Canadian government advocates that citizens hang the national flag. Citizens who need the national flag can get the national flag for free as long as they dial the reservation line of the Bell Telephone Company. Canadians today, whether born on this land or not, regardless of race, colour, religion, creed, are proud of the Maple Leaf Flag.