On February 15, 1965, Canada adopted its iconic
maple-leaf flag. Canada is a part of the British Commonwealth
of Nations, and prior
to the adoption of the new flag, it featured a British flag, or Union Jack
, in its upper left corner. By the 1960s, most citizens wanted to have a flag that symbolize
d Canadian, not British, identity. The symbol chosen was an 11-point leaf from the maple tree—common throughout the country.
Following a proclamation
by Queen Elizabeth II, the new national
flag was raised on Parliament Hill in the capital
city of Ottawa. Today, the maple leaf flag is one of the most easily recognizable national symbols in the world.