The Flag Of Canada

by admin on November 11, 2013

The national flag of Canada is one of the most recognizable symbols in the world. Its’ simple yet striking design bespeaks the honor, civility and individualism of the Canadian people yet the flag’s components took centuries to come together as one. Canada’s flag represents where Canadians came from and who they are now.

The Canadian flag is one of the most distinctive flags in the world.

The Canadian flag is one of the most distinctive flags in the world.










Historic colors

The red and white colors of the flag are indicative of the powers who founded Canada: France and England. During the Crusades from the 11th to the 13th century, crosses were boldly attached to the Crusader’s uniforms, and the color of the cross depended on the country. The red cross was France’s symbol, and the white cross identified English soldiers. Through the centuries, these national colors stuck, and when the official colors of Canada were selected in 1921, red and white were chosen to represent the French and English influences of the founding colonies in the 15th century.

The maple leaf

You can’t come up with a national symbol more homegrown than Canada’s maple leaf. The sugar maple quickly became an important staple to new colonies, providing natural beauty and energizing food to settlers. Records show that the maple leaf has been around as a symbol since the 1700s; numerous groups claimed it as the people’s emblem and in the mid-19th century it began to appear in songs, coins and military uniforms.

That tradition continued through WWI and WWII. Even though they were under rule of the English Crown, the maple leaf showed up on insignia as a way for soldiers and regiments to show their Canadian pride. In those wars, stories of Canadian bravery and honor made the maple leaf even more recognizable to soldiers of other countries.

From Jack to leaf

Until the 20th century, Canada was a territory belonging to England, and the official flag was first the Union Jack. Unofficially, the Canadian Red Ensign was flown as well, which featured both the Union Jack and the Canadian Coat of Arms. But after Canada loosened political ties in the 1930s with England, they wanted something that truly represented the people born to this beautiful and rugged land.

The maple leaf seemed a natural choice; it was already in the Coat of Arms, and two world wars had turned it into an unifying icon of Canadian culture that both the French and English provinces could agree upon. After a long and heated debate, the official colors were combined with the maple leaf to officially create Canada’s flag on February 15, 1965.

On Canada Day, you'll see more maple leaves than if you were staring at a tree.

On Canada Day, you’ll see more maple leaves than if you were staring at a tree.










Pop culture

The distinctive flag and its maple leaf are still beloved to this day, and continue to influence popular culture. One notable example is Canada’s own superhero, Captain Canuck, traditionally dressed in red and white with the maple leaf proudly emblazoned on his forehead.

The flag has also been a must-have accessory for travelers, and Canadians who attach flags to their clothes and luggage often reap the rewards of the country’s good standing with the rest of the world. So much so, in fact, that citizens of other countries have been applying the maple leaf to their own belongings in hopes of receiving the same positive response.

While these “flag-jackers” are usually found out, there’s no denying that the red and white flag represents more than just where Canadians are from; it also shows the world who Canada truly is as a nation.

Beth Bartlett is a freelance writer specializing in travel and business. She’s written about the value of ripoff report advice and protecting your online reputation.

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