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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Singing The Anthem

Campobello Island is Canada’s youngest and smallest incorporated community. Nevertheless has it always been a fun thing to celebrate Canada Day out here. And NO we do not have the most fancy Canada Day Parade in the country. but what counts is the engagement of the people being here.
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This year Canada Day is on a Monday. The local Canada Day Committee has been planning this long weekend with all kind of activities, most of these taking place in our Herring Cove Provincial Park. Whether it is the fact that July 01 is a Monday or whether other reasons have been weighing in – I don’t know, but I was sure surprised to find out that our National Anthem “O Canada” had been sung 2 days prior to Canada Day on Saturday June 29. Of course we missed it as we would never have anticipated this. Personally I do not like to take a celebration 2 days earlier just because people happen to have free . What is it gonna be next year when July 01 is a Tuesday. Would we have to sing O Canada 3 days early?

I don’t either like to celebrate Christmas two days early or 3 days late just because it coincides with people having free. But then I am probably way too conservative to understand this new fashion. I will still hang our flag out tomorrow, July 01 CANADA DAY, and maybe I will stand behind it and sing the anthem for myself.
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O CANADA

O Canada! Our home and native land
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise
The true north, strong and free
From far and wide, O Canada
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.

 

Canadians where ever you may be on this Canada Day, celebrate it and be happy to live in a truly free country.

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