Mem­ber­tou stu­dents mark flag day

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS/WEATHER -

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.

Sub­mit­ted by Anne Doucette

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.