Toowoomba Branch of the Australian National Flag Association acting president Winsome Rusterholtz finds the history of the Australian flag
Toowoomba Branch of the Australian National Flag Association acting president Winsome Rusterholtz finds the history of the Australian flag "exciting". Charlotte Lam

Toowoomba group proudly marks National Flag Day

TODAY'S National Flag Day will be a little emotional but nonetheless a day of pride for the Toowoomba Branch of the Australian National Flag Association.

There will be no official ceremony this year after the passing of the group's president, but acting president Winsome Rusterholtz said flags would be flown high.

"On this, our National Flag Day, it is important to remember that our flag was the winning design in an open competition in which there were 32,823 entries," she said.

"Our national flag was flown for the first time on September 3 1901 marking the birth of our nation.

 

Toowoomba Branch of the Australian National Flag Association acting president Winsome Rusterholtz finds the history of the Australian flag
Toowoomba Branch of the Australian National Flag Association acting president Winsome Rusterholtz finds the history of the Australian flag "exciting". Charlotte Lam

"In 1996, to commemorate the first flying of our National Flag the Governor General proclaimed September 3 of each year to be Australian National Flag Day.

"It demonstrates our national identity, our heritage and our geographical place in the world.

"It is pleasing to know that it is supported by the great majority of our population, especially our younger generation, and to see so many flying each day in Toowoomba."

Mrs Rusterholtz the group was about the promotion and eduction of the flag's history, but they also welcomed opposing opinions for healthy conversation.

"It's got an exciting history and I think that's what attracts a lot of people," she said.

She hoped more Toowoomba residents would take an interest in learning about the flag.

To join the branch phone 4698 7941.



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