Membertou students mark flag day
MEMBERTOU — On a day when Clara Hughes was set to proudly bear the Canadian flag at the Vancouver Olympics opening ceremony, a group of local students learned a little bit more about the widely recognized symbol of national pride.
Cape Breton Regional Police Sgt. Barry Gordon, Chief Myles Burke and several other officers visited Membertou Elementary and the Wallace Bernard Memorial Centre Preschool Friday to mark National Flag Day, which is held each year on Feb. 15. National Flag Day commemorates the day the flag was first flown — Feb. 15, 1965, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
“ The flag is actually 45 years old this year,” said Gordon, who has been involved in organizing National Flag Day celebrations for a number of years in the local area.
“Each year, we’ve traditionally had a big birthday cake with the flag on it and we talk about the flag,” he said.
Gordon said they discuss the history of the flag, the colours of the flag and the maple leaf. Then they do a quiz with the students to see what they’ve learned.
Gordon said he feels it’s important for local children to celebrate National Flag Day, which was first declared in 1996.
“It’s all a part of knowing who we are and where we come from,” he said.
Police Chief Myles Burke along with Const. Tamara Christmas, left, and Const. Kalolin Francis, right, visited the children of Membertou Elementary School on Friday for Flag Day. The children received flags, pins, information packages and were also treated to a cake decorated with the Canada flag.