Monday, July 2, 2012
Yesterday, I participated in my 18th annual Canada Day Celebrations in Coleman. The crowds on the streets for the parade were dismal. Sparse would be an understatement. The worst attendance I have ever seen. Was it the threatening storm clouds, long-weekend, Canada Day falling on a Sunday, who knows?
Some people who I know and respect as pillars in our community, couldn't help voicing their displeasure with our current mayor and council, and the direction they have been taking us, blaming them for the sudden lack of community spirit.
I couldn't help noticing the municipal float the mayor recently referred to as a "death trap" was in the parade? Someone commented on my blog that the driver should be given the 'Order of Crowsnest Pass'. :-)
All in all, it was disappointing and distressing for some that apathy and antipathy seemed to have taken over this year's celebrations.
But a brave face was put on by all who attended and for a brief period we shared with friends and strangers alike what it means to be 'proud' Canadians, who love our land and appreciate who we are and what we have and are blessed with.
I am a Canadian, free to speak without fear, free to worship in my own way, free to stand for what I think right, free to oppose what I believe wrong, or free to choose those who shall govern my country. This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and all mankind.