We fly the Canadian flag along with the Stars and Stripes because Canada is our next door neighbor. Amish Acres welcomes visitors from around the world every day. When I am in Europe I am amazed by how many countries fly their neighbor’s flags out of courtesy and respect. We think it’s a polite and respectful thing to do. The second reason we fly the maple leaf flag is because Nappanee’s sister city is Napanee, Ontario.
The official ceremony inaugurating the new Canadian flag was held on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on February 15, 1965, with Governor General Georges Vanier, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, the members of the Cabinet and thousands of Canadians in attendance.
The Canadian Red Ensign, bearing the Union Jack and the shield of the royal arms of Canada, was lowered and then, on the stroke of noon, the new maple leaf flag was raised. The crowd sang the national anthem "O Canada" followed by the royal anthem God Save the Queen.
The following words, spoken on that momentous day by the Honourable Maurice Bourget, Speaker of the Senate, added further symbolic meaning to the new flag: "The flag is the symbol of the nation's unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction of race, language, belief or opinion."
And the third reason Amish Acres flies the Canadian flag is that Avril Lavigne is from Napanee. 20,000,000 references to her on Google
prove her popularity. Avril says, "I'm basically just a girl who likes to write, who likes to rock out, and who wants music to be a part of my life forever."