Flag Dedication Ceremony - July 1st 2013

Brockville, birthplace of the Canadian flag, celebrates July 1 with huge flag dedication ceremony

Flag’s father and former resident John Ross Matheson hoping to attend

Brockville, ON (June 26, 2013) – On Canada Day, our country’s Maple Leaf will rule Brockville’s skyline following a ceremony commemorating the birthplace of the Canadian flag. Following all the activities and hoping to attend will be former resident John Ross Matheson. Now 95 years old, Matheson is considered by many as the father of our flag.

The event will mark the kickoff to the “Fly More Flags” campaign, a fundraising effort aimed at encouraging local businesses to fly a Canadian flag, spearheaded by the local “50 Years of Our Flag” committee.

Brockville’s 120- foot commemorative flag pole has been made possible by the generosity of Mitchell Goldhar and SmartCentres, as part of the company’s own ongoing commitment to install more Canadian flags on its properties across the country. It also represents one of a series of initiatives leading up to the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag on February 15, 2015 aimed at bringing awareness to all Canadians about the effort undertaken by many individuals over more than 100 years to bring Canada its distinctive National Flag.

Media are invited to attend the flag-raising ceremony. Additional details follow below. For more information, visit www.50yearsofourflag.ca.

WHAT: Brockville’s Commemorative Flag Pole raising

WHERE: SmartCentres Brockville (Corner of Parkdale Ave and North Augusta Road)

WHEN: Monday, July 1 2013

WHO: Members of the “50 Years of Our Flag” committee
Local dignitaries
“Father of Our Flag” John Ross Matheson (TO BE CONFIRMED)


For information and media requests please contact:
Robert J. Harper (Chair), 50 Years of Our Flag Committee
E-mail: bob@50yearsofourflag.ca
Phone: 613-498-4992