It has served us well these 50 years, and will continue to do so for many more, I'm sure, given the international respect it garners.
For many years Canadians tried to convince the federal government to declare February 15th a national holiday, to mark that momentous day in our history. But the feds just won't budge on that.
Several provinces have since acknowledged that the day is worthy of recognition and have their own version of holiday to commemorate the event. In Ontario, we have "Family Day" -- the Monday nearest February 15th -- a day for families to spend together. It's the best they could come up with. So those who work for provincially-regulated employers have the day off to spend with their families. Those who are employed in federally-regulated workplaces must take a vacation day to do the same. Keep in mind, day care providers and teachers all have the day off, being provincially employed. So all the children are home that day, many of whose parents are employed in the federal government.
But I digress.
Back in 1965, when that flag was first raised, my best friend sister was celebrating her 16th birthday. We decided then and there that the day should be an annual national holiday. After all, if the country could party this hardy on her 16th, why not every year?
Wendy and Bonnie 1951
(with their Mother)
Wendy and Bonnie, Aug 1999
For the record, we still think February 15th should be a national holiday.
Happy 66th Wendy, with love from Canada!