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A living Canadian flag of people being created in Charlottetown Sunday

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CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. – The Canadian flag will be alive in some fun-loving communities across Canada this July 1 and Charlottetown will be part of this national Living Flag initiative.

The Living Flag is comprised of individuals wearing red or white shirts to form the Canadian flag.

All Islanders or visitors are invited to P.E.I.’s Living Flag event at 11:30 a.m. in Victoria Park in Charlottetown on Saturday, July 1, to participate, along with members of HMCS Queen Charlotte and HMCS Charlottetown.

Anyone interested in taking part is encouraged to wear a white or red shirt. The first 400 people to arrive will receive a free Canada 150 commemorative T-shirt. An aerial photo will be shared by the City of Charlottetown afterward.

This sesquicentennial year, this flag event has grown to include eight communities from coast to coast, including Charlottetown, with anticipated participation of 20,000 Canadians and their guests from around the world.

Victoria, B.C., where the Living Flag has been created on the legislative lawns since July 1, 2006, is looking to rally 5,000 flag-wavers. But 730 kilometres east, Calgary is ramping up for a flag of even more epic proportions: 7,000 participants. In its first year of creating the Living Flag, Winnipeg, Man., shared a photo finish with Victoria in 2011 when both communities claimed a win with 3,300 participants in each flag. That has been the national record to date.

The original flag-waving organizer in Victoria, Ken Kelly, noted, “We have had small and large communities across the country join the fun since 2011 and each has its own style. 

“No matter what community in the country the Living Flag will be flown this July 1, I believe all participants will share an unabashed love of country and community and the enjoyment of being part of something big, says Kelly.

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