I've struggled and fussed, written half sentences only to have them truncated by feelings of inadequacy. I simply cannot find the words to express how profound my gratitude is for my home and native land. I am humbled by the privilege accorded to me by my paternal grandfather's decision to settle in Canada 106 years ago.
|Gramps with Norbert and I, 1978, inspecting our house building skills.|
Have a look:
I'm thrilled and so very proud to be a part of the colourful mosaic that is my Canada. We're not perfect, not by a long shot. We're not without problems, but let these take a back seat this weekend, we celebrate who we are at home and on the world stage.
|Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill, Ottawa|
|Twillingate, Newfoundland - Photo taken June 15 2017 by Doreen Dalley|
...along with a few clunkers.
There are awesome landscapes of mountains, lakes, forests, prairies, and vineyards
with architecture in cityscapes that incorporate the old and the new along with green space too:
...with so many diverse cultures to enrich and inspire each one of us to be who we were born to be.
On July 1, 1960 John Diefenbaker, Canada's 13th Prime Minister, introduced the Canadian Bill of Rights in Parliament with these words:
"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,
Free to choose those who shall govern my country.
This heritage of freedom I pledge to uphold for myself and mankind."
Amen to that!
Happy #150 Canada!
©2017 April Hoeller