Object 3: Canadian Flag

May 27, 2021

 A flag is a common form of a symbol or emblem to represent a country or institution, which can be used by anyone of any religion, country or organisation. Flags as recognised today, are made of a piece of cloth. The flag was invented in the Indian subcontinent or Chinese Zhou dynasty (1046-256 BCE).

Coming from a patriotic Canadian family, the Canadian Flag hangs in our home gym in our basement at home. The flag is the only thing hanging within the gym and is used as motivation when working out, as thats what represents us.

Flags were traditionally, largely used in warfare and have somewhat remained as a sign of leadership. In most institutions in which flags are used, it is their most important and valued symbol to represent their institution. Therefore, there are actually laws on what you can and can’t do with the flag that can actually result in penalties such as fining or even imprisonment, if disrespected. For example, in the U.S. there are 11 laws against the flag. An example of a few of the things that are against the law to do with the American flag are:

1. ‘The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.’

2. ‘The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.’

3. ‘The flag should never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever. It should not be embroidered on such articles as cushions or handkerchiefs and the like, printed or otherwise impressed on paper napkins or boxes or anything that is designed for temporary use and discard.’

Those were a few of many examples of the laws of flags in the U.S., as they believe disrespecting the flag is disrespecting the country in itself.

The flag is a relevant object for this exhibition as everybody represents at least one flag, but each is their own and there is so much behind the object. Behind each flag, represents something different and unique. There is so much knowledge behind what it represents and is congested in its own beliefs, and everyone a part of what it represents has their own opinion on what exactly its symbolising and why.

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