Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement wishing Albertans a happy National Flag of Canada Day:
“I’m proud to join Canadians from across the nation to celebrate our national flag.
“Fifty-four years ago, the iconic red maple leaf was raised throughout the country and around the world. Since then, generations of women and men have worn it as international peacekeepers, as travellers and as representatives of our country. The maple leaf has been carried to the top of Mount Everest and into outer space.
“As Albertans, we are proud that the designer of the flag, Colonel George F. G. Stanley, was Calgary-born, Edmonton-educated and an incredible scholar who changed the nation with a sketch for a bold new national symbol. A historian, author, soldier, teacher and public servant, Colonel Stanley served our country proudly.
“National Flag Day of Canada is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the values that inspired that flag and which we share as Canadians – equality, diversity and inclusion. The flag has come to represent a commitment to peace, freedom and respect for every Canadian, no matter their background.
“This year, Albertans will fly the flag high to kick off the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, a competition featuring incredible athletes from coast to coast, all of whom are proud to come together under one symbol.
“I invite everyone to cheer on our athletes and contemplate what the flag means to each of us.”