From the Archives: Flag raising ceremony

Jenny Seeman
1965 Flag raising

The recent celebrations of Canada’s sesquicentennial gave many people the opportunity to wave the Canadian flag with pride. With that in mind, a timely donation to the archives came recently from ex-cadet 7342 John Brewster.

On February 15, 1965, while Brewster was attending Royal Roads, Canada’s new flag was raised for the first time across the country, and Canadian Services College Royal Roads was no exception. The souvenir booklet donated by Mr. Brewster shows the order of events and is illustrated with several photographs from the day. The booklet includes the wording of the royal proclamation that was read by the commandant at the raising of the flag, which includes a precise description of the flag:

“… Now know ye that by and with the advice of our privy council for Canada, we do by this our royal proclamation appoint and declare as the national flag of Canada, upon, from and after the fifteenth day of February, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and sixty-five, a red flag of the proportions two by length and one by width, containing in its centre a white square the width of the flag, bearing a single red maple leaf, or in heraldic terms, described as gules on a Canadian pale argent a maple leaf of the first, of all which our loving subjects and all others whom these presents may concern are hereby required to take notice and to govern themselves accordingly.”

Commandant W.P. Hayes reads the proclamation

A beautiful colour photo of the ceremony also accompanied the booklet and shows that, aside from the cadets, the assembled crowd seemed to appreciate the reverence of the occasion.

Many thanks to 7342 John Brewster for the donation. If you have any Military College memorabilia you think belongs with the museum and archives, please contact Jenny Seeman, ext 4122.