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February 15, 2002
Mayor and Council commemorate National Flag Day
  
Mayor Mel Lastman and members of Council marked National Flag of Canada Day in
a ceremony at the main flagpole on Nathan Phillips Square, City Hall, at 1 p.m.
today. After proclaiming February 15 National Flag of Canada Day in Toronto,
the mayor raised the national flag and joined in the singing of the national
anthem.

Speaking about the meaning of the Maple Leaf to Canadians, the mayor said,
"This beautiful flag is a symbol of our shared values, of what we hold dear as
Canadians. May it fly strong and proud, in a country where democratic rights
are the norm, and in a city where quality of life is not taken for granted."

The maple leaf flag flew from the Peace Tower of Parliament Hill for the first
time at noon on February 15, 1965, following the proclamation of Queen
Elizabeth II. The Canadian flag was chosen from more than 2,600 submissions to
a Parliamentary committee.


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