Australian National Flag Day is next Monday
August 30, 2012
Monday the 3rd of September is Australian National Flag Day. Federal Member for Murray, Dr Sharman Stone is encouraging the electorate to get involved in some way.
“I am very proud of our flag” Dr Stone said. “As the Federal Member I am able to present hundreds of flags each year to schools, police stations, hospitals and individuals who just want to fly our flag".
“Local schools and organisations could participate in the celebrations by having a special flag raising ceremony on Monday. There are flag badges and pins that people could wear. Another great way is to educate ourselves about the flag.
“There would be those who may not realise the Australian Flag is unique. It is the only flag in the world to fly over an entire continent. It was the first national flag picked through a competition that was open to the public. There were 5 winners in that competition, 2 of them were teenagers, Ivor Evans who was still in school, and apprentice optician Leslie Hawkins.
“The prize for the winning flag design was 200 pounds. This was a significant amount of money in 1901. It was close to the equivalent of the average yearly wage.
“The Australian Flag is raised daily at a school in Villers-Bretonneuz, France. This is done in memory of the thousands of diggers who died during the liberation of their village during World War I.
“This year, the Australian Flag turns 111 years old. It is a symbol of unity to the millions that live here” Dr Stone said. “Take some time out to celebrate it on Monday.”
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