This impending desecration of Canada's most historic buildings --- the removal of our Maple Leaf Flag and national crest ---is similar to the actions of the Barbarians when they conquered foreign countries.
According to "The Canadian Encyclopedia" by Hurtig Publishing Ltd.:
"Heraldry - An arrow showing direction elicits no emotional response, but grasping the symbolic value of a flag requires emotional involvement: pride, devotion, patriotism or admiration." Author - Auguste Vachon. Reading: C. Swan, Canada: Symbols of Sovereignty (1977).
The Americans have tremendous respect for their national symbols - one of the most famous photographs in history shows American soldiers planting an American Flag at Iwo Jima.
The American Pledge of Allegiance begins with the words:
"I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag, of the United States of America..." American schoolchildren stand and recite the Oath of Allegiance every morning before class, with the right hand placed over the left chest, the heart.
When medals are handed out at Olympic Games, athletes often cry, when they stand on the podium and see their country's flag raised, and their national anthem is played.
American astronauts planted "Old Glory" on the moon; and every American government building---post office, FBI Building, national museum, court house...the list goes on...proudly displays an American Flag.
During Canada's Centennial Year, 1967, my classmates and I sang "O Canada" and "God Save the Queen" every morning before class, and "Ca-na-da" by Bobby Gimby was added to the repertoire during assemblies. Many YouTube videos feature "Ca-na-da".
|The Coat of Arms of Canada.|