up coast to coast July 1
A couple ride with pride to Exhibition
Field in Chilliwack where Canada Day festivities were taking place
last Tuesday. Below, families took rides on the Prospera Centre "fanboni".
though national pride in Canada may pale in comparison to patriotism in the
US, on Tuesday, Canadians still couldn't wait to get cut loose with the
Canada Day in Chilliwack is always a kick. The community throws everything
they have at Exhibition Field; music, activites, food. It's all topped off
with fireworks. The last couple of years the weather's cooperated and
residents were out in droves.
ďToday is a day to get together with friends and family to celebrate our
great nation. Itís an opportunity to reflect on our good fortune to call
this free, prosperous, and vibrant country home," said Premier Christy Clark
in a release last week. ďAnd itís a chance to thank the men and women whose
vision and hard work continue to make this country better. To the people who
deliver the services we depend on, to those who keep us safe, to the
athletes and artists who make us proud to wear the maple leaf Ė thank you
for everything you do."
Ottawa, mental health advocate Clara Hughes rode the final kilometer of over
11,000 km to Parliament Hill.
Also in Ottawa, Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Senator
David Wells laid wreaths in tribute to the 700 Newfoundland soldiers who
died or were wounded during the first day of fighting at the Battle of Somme
in 1916. Ceremonies to mark the anniversary were also held in St. John's,
Newfoundland, as well as in Beaumont-Hamel, France.
In New Brunswick, Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and
Northern Development, Lieutenant Governor Graydon Nicholas, Premier David
Alward, Assembly of First Nations Regional Vice Chief Roger Augustine and a
number of Chiefs and Elders were at the third annual
Fishermen's Pow Wow on the banks of the Miramichi river.
In Ajax, Ontario, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister,
Chris Alexander, welcomed 2,200 new Canadians at a citizenship ceremony
In Charlottetown PEI, homegirl Heather Moyse and recording artist, Roch
Voisine, hosted the Canada Day 2014 Concert for Canada featuring Tegan &
Sarah, Classified and the Barenaked Ladies.
But it didn't matter wherever you were on Canada Day, you still felt the
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