Story: Canadian Flag Participation Story

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When the following words are said during the story, perform the listed actions:

  • FLAG - wave Canada flag
  • CANADA - jump up and down and cheer
  • MAPLE LEAF - "flutter" hands
  • RESPECT - brownie sign (with hands!)

A long time ago, before your grandparents were born, the French and English speaking people of CANADA, used as their special emblem, the MAPLE LEAF.

The colours red and white were assigned to CANADA by King George V in a proclamation dated November 21, 1921. They represent strength and purity. When the people of CANADA decided to have their own FLAG, they chose a red MAPLE LEAF on a white background. It is divided into three sections with the center white sections being a square equal to half the width. This section has a red MAPLE LEAF in its center. The red MAPLE LEAF has eleven points. These eleven points make a nice design, but they do not have nay special meaning. On each side of the white background square, is a red stripe. The red stripes put together are the same width as the white square.

The FLAG is twice as long as it is wide. Our FLAG should always be treated with RESPECT. Torn or faded FLAGS should never be used, but should be burned. CANADA'S new FLAG became official on February 15th , 1965. It flew for the first time at the Peace Tower in our capital city of CANADA, in Ottawa. The MAPLE LEAF was raised at noon that day over embassies all over the world. nyou probably do not remember", that they had a FLAG raising ceremony at schools in CANADA. The MAPLE LEAF was adopted as a National symbol in 1907. When a FLAG is flown at half mast this denotes mourning and when flown upside down, it's a sign of distress. We are proud to have our own FLAG. When we see the red MAPLE LEAF fluttering in the breeze we think of MAPLE trees rustling in the forests of this good land we live in CANADA.