Thursday, 21 September 2017 07:08

Sept. 22 is Saskatchewan’s Provincial Flag Day

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On Friday, September 22, (2017) Gene Makowsky, Minister of PCS (Parks, Culture & Sport), has proclaimed this day to be Saskatchewan Flag Day, as per my request.
I told the Designer of the Saskatchewan Flag, Anthony Drake, that as long as I live in Saskatchewan, that I will continue to request the Inaugural Raising of the Saskatchewan Flag (September 22, 1969) to be remembered and honoured by having that date Proclaimed by our Provincial Government.
I proclaimed it last year, 2016, for the first time, (the first Provincial Flag Day in Western Canada) following Anthony Drake's return trip from his home in England back to Hodgeville (where he was a teacher in 1969), to go on a 21 day Saskatchewan Flag Tour.
We commemorated his visit in May 2016 by visiting 11 cities and town and met thousands of people in Libraries, Schools, Museums, RCMP Depot, RCAF in Moose Jaw, with Mayors, MLA's, our Premier, Brad Wall and even shared Tea with our Lieutenant Governor.
Sasktel TVmax along with Bamboo Shoots and Overtime Communications created a Documentary of our Journey.
I started this Journey because I felt that Anthony Drake change our Province's history and needed to have his story told and also completed.
You see, while he was a teacher in Hodgeville in 1969, he designed the Saskatchewan Flag where there were 4025 entries and his design was chosen. He heard the news months later while he was in the Staff Room of the old Hodgeville High School.
My husband, Mirek, and I purchased that old high school 4 years ago and found out the history of the Saskatchewan Flag. We also found out that Anthony Drake returned back to his homeland in England to raise their new daughter (who was born in the Hodgeville Hospital), and that he was not able to attend the Inaugural Raising of HIS Flag.
His story was not complete and for 47 years this laid heavily on his mind (he shared this thought with me once I met him).
I felt compelled to complete his story so my husband and I created a Non-Profit Organization, “Home of the Sk. Flag Foundation Inc” and decided to create a 21 day Tour for him.
We continue to promote the Saskatchewan Flag whenever and wherever we can. Sasktel Tvmax has given our Non-Profit Organization the rights to sell the Documentary DVD to raise funds for future events. We have showed the Documentary at different cities and towns at different venues and that has been well received.
We really enjoy sharing our story with the public.We have contacted museums and stores to sell the Documentary DVD's also. Recently we created a Business Card with a Saskatchewan Flag attached to it along with special information about our Flag.
We have also created a package for people to purchase which includes the Documentary DVD, the Flag Pin Card, a 3'x5' Saskatchewan Flag and a Tri-fold Brochure.
We thought this would be special as a person can purchase a Saskatchewan Flag from the exact building that Anthony Drake designed it in
The Lieutenant Governors office contacted us to discuss the possibilities of having the New Lieutenant Governor present a letter from us to Queen Elizabeth when they have the Sitting with Our Queen in Buckingham Palace.
This would be my highest honour and greatest wish to have Anthony Drake recognized by Our Queen as Her Constituant designed a Flag for her Commonwealth Country's Province.  Our next idea is to create an Event in September 2019 to celebrate the 50th Birthday of our Saskatchewan Flag.
We are thinking of doing this in Regina at the Legislature Building.
If you have any questions, want to visit the Commemorative Area in the Hodgeville Skool Inn, want a Documentary Presentation made or want to purchase a Saskatchewan Flag package, please contact Gail and Mirek Hapanowicz at 306-677-1200.
Gail Hapanowicz, Hodgevillle

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