Tuesday, July 29, 2014

5 Years Down, About 20 To Go: My Quest For A Peace Tower Canadian Flag

Did you know that Canadian citizens can submit a written request for flags that have flown atop Parliament Hill?

Photo: Canadian Flag flying on Parliament Hill, Ottawa
Would you like to own a Parliament Hill Canadian flag? Just ask!
Photo courtesy: PWGS

It’s a popular wait-list — the approximate waiting period is currently 42 years for a Peace Tower flag, and 31 years for East and West Block flags. The Peace Tower flag is changed daily, and never serves another official purpose after its flight.

I sent in my request about five years ago, when the Peace Tower list was shorter. A little over five thousand Canadians are in the queue ahead of me.

The Ministry of Public Works and Government Services administers the program, which started in the mid-1990s.

Only a couple more decades to go!