Defining moments in the 20th century for Canada

Hi, my name is Latrell. And in todays patriotic blog, I will be listing my top 3 defining moments of 20th century Canada. The three defining moments I chose were, The World War 1 battles, Pearl Harbour, and The Great Flag Debate.

So my first defining moment of the 20th Century of Canada are the Battles of WWI.There were four very important battles that happened in WW1. They were the battles of Ypres, Somme, Vimy Ridge and Passchendale. First was the battle of Ypres in April 1915. This battle was when gas was introduced by the Germans. The Canadians were unprepared for this and many died. From this battle gas masks were made. The second battle was the battle of Somme in September of 1916. This was the first time tanks were used and this battle helped to make new weaponry. Canada’s role in WWI contributed to our gaining further independence from Britain. Vimy Ridge are one of two battles that showed the courage of Canadians and made us feel for the first time that we were a great nation, independent of the status of the British Empire. This was recognized as Canada was a signatory of the Treaty of Versailles, even though strictly speaking this was unnecessary as we were only a dominion.

My Second defining moment was the attack of Pearl Harbour. The attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, took place on December 7th 1941. It was to bring the US into World War Two. The first wave of planes consisted of 183 fighters, bombers and torpedo bombers. It started its attack at 7:55 in the morning. The second wave had 170 planes and attacked Pearl Harbour at 8:54 in the morning.Twenty-nine Japanese planes were brought down by the defences at Pearl Harbour. After Pearl Habour Canada sent her first troops into battle. She sent the Winnipeg Grenadiers and the Royal Rifles of Quebec to the Crown Colony of Hong Kong in December 1941.

My third and final defining moment is the great flag debate of 1962. For nearly a century Canada had no distinctive national flag. Each time Canadians suggested a new symbol to replace the Canadian Red Ensign, modelled after a British naval flag, there was controversy. Maple leaves, beavers, crosses, crown propositions that went no where. In 1964 Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson said he would introduce a new national flag. But Opposition leader Diefenbaker and the Royal Canadian Legion wanted to stick with the Red Ensign. Everyone had an opinion before Canada did. This changed Canada because now this is the distinct flag Canada is well known for and this is the flag that represents our proud Canadians.

I decided to choose these three defining moments of the 20th Century Canada because these are what made Canada today. These events much like others had shaped Canada for the country that it truly. To me the great flag debate is in the top because I feel that without the flag we wouldn’t have been known for the distinct maple leaf and I feel that, that flag best represents our home and native land.

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