The newly designed Canadian flag was flown for the first time on February 15, 1965. (Le nouveau drapeau canadien flotta pour la premiere fois le 15 fevrier 1965.)
Postmarked in 2007 with a Canadian 93 'flower' stamp
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The maple leaf has served as a symbol celebrating the nature and environment of what is now Canada since the 18th century. The number and arrangement of the points of the maple leaf were chosen after wind tunnel tests showed the current design to be the least blurry of the various designs when tested under high wind conditions.
In 1921, King George V proclaimed the official colours of Canada as red, from Saint George's Cross, and white, from the French royal emblem since King Charles VII.