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August 31, 2012

Gippslanders can celebrate the 111th anniversary of the Australian Flag on National Flag Day next Monday, September 3.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said to celebrate local residents can display the Australian flag, wear a flag pin or badge or just take some time to learn more about the flag’s history.

Mr Chester said the Australian flag was an iconic symbol for the nation.

“Not only is the Australian flag the only flag to fly over a whole continent, it was also the first picked by a public competition with five joint winners chosen from almost 33,000 entries in 1901,” Mr Chester said.

“National Flag Day represents the first day that the Australian flag was flown and in the 111 years since, thousands of Australians have represented the nation proudly under the flag across a range of duties and pursuits.”

The five designers of the Australian flag believed that to truly represent the sentiment of the Australian people the flag had to consist a combination of “stars and crosses” the Southern Cross, the Commonwealth Star and Union Jack.

Each symbol on the Australian flag has a special meaning. The stars of the Southern Cross represent our geographical position in the Southern Hemisphere; the Commonwealth Star symbolises the Federation of States and Territories; and the crosses stand for the principles on which the nation is based – Parliamentary Democracy, Rule of the Law and Freedom of Speech.

Mr Chester’s office provides Australian flags to not for profit organizations.

Anyone wishing to request one should contact his Sale office of 5144 6744.

For more information about National Flag Day visit the Australian National Flag Association website at www.australianflag.org.au

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