Australian National Flag Day
Monday 3rd September 2007

The National Flag Day of Australia reminds us of the importance of this
singular, unifying symbol in Australian life since Federation in 1901.
Indeed most Australians, on first glimpsing our flag, experience a surging pride
for our past and contemporary achievements, together with a sense of optimism
and energy as we contemplate the future.

The flag continues to unite us on every important occasion, whether in
celebration or in sorrow, whether in peace or in war. It seems to watch and
guide us on those great national commemorations such as Australia Day and
Anzac Day. And it welcomes home our men and women engaged in
humanitarian projects around the world.

We should remember also that our flag stands for every Australian within our
diverse and multicultural society.

It is indeed appropriate therefore that we acknowledge with gratitude, on
National Flag Day each year, the important meaning of this flag to our national
identity and to our sense of harmony and inclusiveness.

My warmest greetings are extended to all as we celebrate Australian National
Flag Day 2007.

Marie R Bashir AC CVO
Governor of New South Wales

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