Pearce encouraged to support National flag day

The Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter is encouraging all members of the community to get involved in National Flag Day on Thursday 3 September.

“This year will mark 114 years since the Australian National Flag was flown for the first time after it was chosen through a worldwide flag competition in 1901,” Mr Porter said.

“As a community we should all be proud of our flag and its history and I encourage individuals, schools, community organisations and businesses to get behind this important day and fly our national flag.”

The Australian National Flag resulted from a national competition in 1901, which attracted 33,000 entries and five people were announced as joint winners with near-identical designs.

“Last week I was fortunate enough to meet with Helena College students from my electorate here in Parliament House to raise the central flag and discuss the importance of its history with them,” Mr Porter said.

Helena College received funding under the Australian Government’s Saluting Their Service grants programme.

“Students from Helena Junior School were involved in the construction of a commemorative garden and memorial shield, recognising the proud service of the Hills community servicemen and women performed under the Australian National Flag,” Mr Porter said.

“I believe we can be proud of what Australia has achieved under this flag and I encourage everyone to fly or display the Australian National Flag on September 3 to proudly celebrate our strong nation.”

Read about the history of the Australian National Flag and the protocols for flying the flag at www.itsanhonour.gov.au