Wednesday, July 1, 2009

One Hundred and Forty Two!

Canada celebrated 142 years today. It was a dark and cool day, but it didn't deter the crowds from coming out in full force.

Even our little cotton hopped on over to see what the fuss was about.

The children were dressed in their patriotic clothes.

And the girls had their nails painted red and white. (Disclaimer: I am definitely never seeking a job as a manicurist).

First up was the pipe band.

Then some RCMP officers with the Canadian legion.

Some big horses.

And a wittow horse.

The local humane society with some of the dogs. (Not sure if these were current HS dogs or previous ones).

A beautiful old car.

A Native dancer.

In the evening a BBQ with family and friends.

The grande finale. Fireworks in the drizzling rain. They were quite spectacular this year.

We are blessed to live in a beautiful country where we are free to worship our Lord and Saviour. I am thankful for that and the fact that we can celebrate God's faithfulness.

Lord of the lands, beneath Thy bending skies,
On field and flood, where’er our banner flies,
Thy people lift their hearts to Thee,
Their grateful voices raise:
May our dominion ever be
A temple to Thy praise.
Thy will alone let all enthrone;

Refrain:

Lord of the lands, make Canada Thine own:
Lord of the lands, make Canada Thine own!

Almighty Love, by Thy mysterious power,
In wisdom guide, with faith and freedom dower;
Be ours a nation evermore
That no oppression blights,
Where justice rules from shore to shore,
From lakes to northern lights.
May love alone for wrong atone;

Refrain

Lord of the worlds, with strong eternal hand,
Hold us in honor, truth and self-command;
The loyal heart, the constant mind,
The courage to be true,
Our wide extending empire bind,
And all the earth renew.
Thy Name be known through every zone;

Refrain

A hymnal version of the Canadian national anthem, written by Albert D. Watson.

4 comments:

  1. What a great day! We were travelling that day, so we got to see community parades and events from the window of our vehicle. Disappointing.

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  2. That looks like so much fun! The pic of your kids is fantastic.

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  3. Looks like it was a magical time! Festivals are one of my favorite things. The community coming together, people celebrating, & good food!!!

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  4. What a great parade! i love your photos --- especially of the little rabbit near the flag.... ;)
    Patricia

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