Flag Day in Canada takes place on February 15th. It was on this date in 1965 that Canada adopted our Maple Leaf flag. In this video (see embedded Tweet below) a Canadian flag that flew above the Juno Beach Centre in December 2020 flies above the Embassy of Canada to the United States, in Washington, D.C on the morning of February 15th 2021.
Normandy. June 6, 1944.
They didn’t know if they’d make it through. They didn’t know if they’d see Canada again. Too many didn’t.
This flag flew at Juno Beach.
Please remember the cost.
Please remember them. pic.twitter.com/3zWovKOQNZ
— Canadian Forces in 🇺🇸 (@CAFinUS) February 15, 2021
We should never forget the close ties that bound Canada and the United States closer together during the Second World War.
One example was the 1st Special Service Force, an elite Canadian-American infantry unit that fought in Italy and southern France.
You can watch our Legacy of Honour interview with Jim Summersides, a veteran of “The Devil’s Brigade”, a nickname for the unit.
You can also listen to our podcast episode on the subject.
There are countless other examples of Canadian-American cooperation during the Second World War.
Thank you to Captain Kirk Sullivan, who runs the @CAFinUS Twitter account, and the Canadian Embassy staff for making this video possible.
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