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Canada Republic: A valentine on Flag Day

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment

By happy coincidence each year, Valentine’s Day cozies up next to Flag Day (Feb. 15), the anniversary of the Maple Leaf’s adoption in 1964. That’s appropriate, because both days are about love. On Valentine’s, our passions show with kisses, cards, and chocolate. On Flag Day—well, 47 years after it was born, we tend to repress public displays of affection for the flag, and that ought to change. We possess patriotic passion, but the day sees no pageants, parades, or nationwide flag raisings, and no songs sung about it. Then again, it is February, and in some places it’s reached the freezing point of nylon.

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