To an extent, Google’s dominance in searching the online world using computer-based algorithms is forcing us all to become more involved with words and text rather than images. Google and the other search engines have more problems with images so images tend to take a back seat.
That’s quite a difference from the physical world where seeing golden arches can instantly trigger a whole set of thoughts and appetites. Having a strong logo is a real advantage for a brand and a website, but the search engines don’t necessarily reflect that human reality. These somewhat perhaps tangential thoughts were triggered by noting that Michael Ignatieff, leader of the Liberal Party and of the official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament has just had a book of his published. It is called ‘True Patriot Love’.
As might be expected from such an intellectual mind, the book seems quite cerebral. Perhaps it is best reflected in the words of his uncle, George Grant, who while living in England couldn’t deny the tug of home. “I love England and think it is the greatest country on earth – but Canada is in one’s heart – in a way that this country can never be.” Perhaps for Michael Ignatieff this has hit him when much older than his Uncle George, but he now realizes how obstinately Canadian he is at the core.
What patriotic symbols might one suggest to give instant association with Canada. Google of course brings us immediately to the Canadian flag in reminding us that NRC Science Protects a Patriotic Symbol. Of course it then reminds us of the comparative youth of our national symbol here in Canada:
The Canadian flag we know today was born in 1965. After a lengthy search and much debate, the red and white design with a single red maple leaf in the centre became our national flag, affectionately known as "The Maple Leaf." An effort led by the Department of National Defence to ensure all Canadian flags met the same standards became an issue of national importance, with many government departments getting involved in the project. National Research Council scientists stepped in to help make sure the Maple Leaf looked its best.
It hardly sounds a call to patriotic hearts to beat with fervour. The second Google choice for The Symbols of Canada is little better. In somewhat pedantic language, it suggests:
The symbols of Canada can heighten not only our awareness of our country but also our sense of celebration in being Canadian. The symbols of Canada are a celebration of what we are as a people.
If you compare that with what Google suggests for the patriotic symbols of the USA, you find much more stirring references, for example just check out the Symbols of U.S. Government. In particular you find much more enthusiasm for The Flag, which clearly has a much longer history.
The U.S. flag has undergone many changes since the first official flag of 1777. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act, which said that the flag would be made up of thirteen alternating red and white stripes and thirteen white stars on a blue field. Stars have been added to the flag as new states join the union.
If you are looking for patriotic symbols, then there are some good choices for American flags. If you want some more specific patriotic symbols, then you might consider Valley Forge flags or military patches. A good American flag store will also offer flagpoles and accessories and may even have a selection of flags from other countries. Check out what is on offer for patriotic symbols. You could be pleasantly surprised.