Flag Day should be a holiday

Feb. 15, 1965 was the day our Canadian flag was first flown over Parliament Hill.
The 11-pointed red Maple Leaf has become Canada’s symbol around the world. It is our brand image.
Lester B. Pearson, the prime minister of the day, wanted a symbol that was truly distinctive for our country. Prior to 1965, our symbol was the Canadian Union Jack.
The new flag that finally was approved was of only two colours—red and white.
Today, our international athletes all find a way to proudly display the maple leaf in foreign countries. It is found on hockey jerseys, swim caps, and ski clothes.
Canadian travellers have discovered that the maple leaf flag on luggage and backpacks opens doors in foreign countries all over the world.
In 1996, then-Prime Minister Jean Chrétien declared Feb. 15 to be the National Flag of Canada Day. As part of the day, Canadians have been encouraged to celebrate their pride and recognize the privilege of living in Canada.
The official name could be interpreted to be a national holiday in Canada, but it is not.
Canadians have no holidays between Jan. 1 and Easter, which is a long period without a work break. Every year, a Monday in February is proposed for a national holiday.
It’s been suggested that Flag Day should become a national holiday.
In other years, John A Macdonald Day is proposed to honour Canada’s first prime minister. He also holds the record for being the longest-serving prime minister at 19 years (through two different periods).
The day often is celebrated by various ministries and provincially-funded groups who receive a paid holiday. The holiday either falls on the first or second Monday in February.
This all begs the question. If we are to celebrate Feb. 15 as a national Flag Day, should the government declare the day a national holiday?

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