This Friday marks 120 years since the Australian National Flag was first flown – underscoring the significance of this enduring national symbol.
Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the Australian flag had stood the test of time and encouraged residents, community organisations, businesses and schools to celebrate this important milestone in a COVID-safe way on National Flag Day (3 September).
“From the heart of Parliament to rural and remote corners of our country, the Australian flag has been flown proudly right across Australia for 120 years and counting,” Mr Joyce said.
“It’s worn by our servicemen and women – whose service and sacrifice we are constantly reminded of and forever grateful for. And it is ever-present in sporting arenas here and abroad.
“This milestone is befitting of Australia’s foremost national symbol, which continues to be a source of common pride for the people of New England and beyond.”
National Flag Day marks the anniversary of the first time the Australian flag was flown over the Exhibition Building in Melbourne in 1901. The occasion has been celebrated officially since 1996.
All National Flag Day celebrations must occur in a COVID-safe manner. People are encouraged to share a photo or video of themselves and their flag on social media using #120FlagDay2021.