National Bangladeshi-Canadian Council (NBCC) President Monir Hossain raised the flag and distributed paper flags, pins, and Maple tattoo to citizens of Parc-Extension in Complex Willam Hingston Center to mark the National Flag Day of Canada on Wednesday.
Parc-Extension, Montreal – It was 52 years ago that the maple leaf first flew over Canada.
National Bangladeshi-Canadian Council (NBCC) took time to recognize the nation’s flag during National Flag Day of Canada ceremony at Parc-Extension Complex William Hingston Community Center on Wednesday.
“The Canadian flag is the symbol of the nation’s unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinions,” said the NBCC President Monir Hossain.
Monir Hossain wanted the kids, citizens, and new Canadians to understand the importance of national symbols.
“They know about the flag, they can certainly identify with the maple leaf and the red and white colours,” said Monir. “The flag is a symbol of their new home and their new country and that’s really important to all of them.”
“Well, in 1965 our flag was brought to the attention of all Canadians and I thought today, especially with the 150th anniversary of Canada taking place this year at our Parc-Extension on Summer Weekend`s August, 5-6 two days festival, it would be a good way to celebrate with our newcomers, and local citizens”, said Monir.
Canada’s flag is a powerful and trusted symbol that is known around the world, he added. Local citizens, kids and newcomers are eager to learn about their new national banner.
“I think it’s very important, this day, because we (celebrate) symbols that represent our country, symbols that show the love of the country,” said Silva. “(These symbols) show the meaning of the country, so they’re very important for people coming here to understand.”
“It’s been fun,” she said smiling. “I mean, I’m very passionate about our country and I want newcomers to embrace our culture and to understand what this symbol of Canada means.”