The president of the Pigeon Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce is challenging the community to show their true patriotic colours during Canada’s 150th anniversary.
Rodger Cole contacted The Pipestone Flyer Jan. 27 and suggested a challenge to the community: replace that tattered old Canadian flag or, if you don’t have a Canadian flag on display, get one up in time to celebrate the major birthday of this nation in 2017.
Cole said the chamber of commerce, during their regular board meeting, had been discussing ideas to raise awareness of Canada’s major anniversary or boosting patriotism this year, and a number of ideas were mentioned.
Cole noted that he travels a lot, and noticed many flags hanging in tatters around the region. The chamber decided to issue a challenge to community members to proudly display a new Canadian ensign to replace any tattered one. If you don’t have a flag, they’re challenging you to display one.
“I think it takes it back to the basics,” said Cole by phone. “The greatest symbol of what is Canada is the national flag.” What better year to do this project, he added.
Cole said replacing or erecting flags are two ideas, but individuals, families, government offices, businesses and anyone else can place a banner in a window or stick a decal to their car. He said it shouldn’t be expensive either, as even discount stores sell reasonably priced flags, banners, stickers and decals.
“And every action becomes a statement that this is pride, this is Canada’s 150th,” said Cole.
Readers who replace or display their flag with pride should shoot a photo, even just a selfie or cell phone snapshot, and email it to the Pipestone Flyer editor at firstname.lastname@example.org for display in the newspaper. Alternatively, readers can find the newspaper’s Facebook page, post a photo of their flag and share it with their friends.
“We’re all Canadians,” added Cole. “We should all be doing this, I believe.”