Once again WordPress presented me with a challenge to produce a photo which signifies the word “up”. I thought about the sky, the clouds etc but that wouldn’t do.
The above picture is the Australian flag flying at the centre near my residence. Here are some facts about the Australian National Flag
1. It is Australia’s foremost national symbol
2. The Union Jack in the upper left hand corner tells of Australia’s historical links to the UK
3. Under the Union Jack is a large star that is a symbol of the Commonwealth – the star has seven points representing the unity of the Australian States and Territories
4. The other 5 stars are of the Southern Cross, a constellation of stars that is only visible in the Southern Hemisphere
5. The flag was first flown in 1901
6. The flag can be flown every day of the year.
7. It is an important part of national occasions such as Australia Day, which is celebrated on 26 January each year
8. National flag day is on 3 September each year
9. It is to be flown with dignity and respect and there are protocols governing its use.
10. The flag that flies over Parliament House is slightly larger than the side of a double-decker bus.
Australia recognises other official flags such as the Australian Aboriginal Flag and the Torres Strait Islander Flag. There is often a debate in Australia to have a new flag with a different design. Some people think we shouldn’t have the Union Jack included and have a flag that is uniquely our own.
More information about the Australian National Flag can be found at the Its an Honour Website: www.itsanhonour.gov.au . I acknowledge this website for the information above.
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