On Feb. 15, 1965, the official ceremony inaugurating the Canadian flag was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Forty-six years later, the Westbank Lions are still teaching the flag’s importance.
Members of the Westbank Lions Club will visit eight West Kelowna elementary schools on Feb. 15 to celebrate Flag Day. The initiative is part of the Lions’ Project Pride.
“We go to Grade 1s and talk about (what it means) to be a Canadian and what the Canadian flag represents,” said Bonnie Barr of the Westbank Lions Club.
“We do a little talk about participating in your community and helping your neighbour, helping your friend or helping your mom and dad.”
Barr has only been with the Westbank Lions Club since November, 2011; however, she jumped at the opportunity to help out with the Flag Day project because it is an opportunity to teach children and give back to the community.
“I just think it’s a very good cause. I think it’s very important for these children to understand the meaning behind a flag. A lot of people can grow up all their lives and not quite understand what it stands for, what it represents, the importance of it.
“Being proud of your flag means being proud of your country.”