In The True North,
something, a special something,
big and red, swaying in the wind.
held up by a pole, like the leaf
commonly found in the area.
And today is it's day.
Hint: what sauce do you put on pancakes?
What is the "something" mentioned in the poem? What is this leaf? And what holiday is today?
Note: I'm bad at rhyming, so sorry about that.
Note 2: The riddle may not be accurate about what day it is, but you can check the date when this question was created to know what day the poem is talking about.