Friday, September 3, 2010

Australia's Flag and Flag Day

Aussie Flag
Australia's national flag incorporates the Union Jack, Southern Cross and Federation Star. The seven points of this star represent Australia's six states. The remaining point represents Australia's territories.

postmarked in 2010 with an Australia stamp

This postcard is shaped like the flag you see!

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In 1996, the Governor-General, Sir William Deane, issued a proclamation establishing an annual Australian National Flag Day, to be held on 3 September. Flag Day celebrations had been occurring in Sydney since 1985. They were initiated to commemorate the first occasion when the Flag was flown in 1901. On Flag Day, ceremonies are held in some major centres, and the Governor-General and some politicians attend or release statements to the media. Australian National Flag Day is not a public holiday.

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