This coming Tuesday will be Canada’s 147 birthday. In that time we’ve seen many changes, some good, some not so much.
July 1, 1917: The 50th anniversary of Confederation. The Parliament buildings, under construction, are dedicated to the Fathers of Confederation and to the courage of Canadians who fought in Europe during the First World War.
July 1, 1967: The 100th anniversary of Confederation. Parliament Hill is the backdrop for a high‑profile ceremony, which includes the participation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
From 1980 to 1983: A new format is developed. In addition to the festivities on Parliament Hill, the national committee (the group tasked by the federal government to plan the festivities for Canada’s national holiday) starts to encourage and financially support the establishment of local celebrations across Canada. Start-up funding is provided to support popular activities and performances organized by volunteer groups in hundreds of communities. Interested organizations can make a request to the Celebrate Canada program.
2014: Canadian Heritage organizes the 147th Canada Day celebrations. As we approach Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, the government has given the Department the mandate to organize Canada Day festivities in the capital.
Pride in our country has always been an integral part of what make Canada the special place it is. Going forward into our future my hope is that we carry this legacy forward to future generations. Let’s continue to make this country a place of peace and prosperity, a home for all cultures and religions.
A place we call home.
How do you feel about Canada?
Do you have special traditions in your country? Share, we’d love to hear about it, 🙂