Canada's National Flag
Several years ago we planted a Sugar Maple Acer saccharum in our back yard and it has progressed from a spindly sapling to a magnificent medium sized tree. This is what we see from our bedroom window.
If anyone has ever wondered about the origin of the leaf on our national flag, this is it.
Although I am not given to overly patriotic feelings I am always stirred a little when I see the flag. Its simple image portrays an alliance with nature, and both our flag and our national anthem are free from jingoism and calls to arms, or statements that our country is superior to others. It is a peaceful symbol of a peaceful nation and one that evokes a great deal of resonance with its citizens.
The flag will be fifty years old in February 2015 and it is quite remarkable the degree of opposition to it when it was first proposed by one of Canada's greatest sons, Lester Bowles Pearson, winner (very fittingly) of the Nobel Prize for Peace. Now, it is most ardently embraced by the very factions who fought so hard to prevent its adoption. It really has become a much loved symbol to all who live here, native born and immigrant alike. And long may it continue to be so.