July 1 is more than a holiday. It is a time all Canadians should acknowledge how fortunate they are to be citizens of Canada. Citizenship grants certain privileges and rights. In many cases new Canadians know that for the first time in their lives they are entitled to the country’s protection. They know they have earned the rights and responsibilities offered in that country e.g. right to vote, have a Canadian passport, etc.
We are part of a democracy. Ladies are free to be a woman, go to university and feel valued. There are no dogs and soldiers with guns patrolling train stations. We can participate in a religion of choice. Our police can be trusted. We are blessed with opportunities and we enjoy freedom. That’s what makes living in Canada so special compared to other countries.
On July 1 put a flag in your window and go the Wetaskiwin Legion and join the National Day of Canada, or as we know it, Canada Day celebrations. 2015 is the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag and the theme of this year’s Canada Day celebrations.
Date: July 1st, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Location: 50th Ave and 50 Street, Wetaskiwin
The day will begin with a pancake breakfast at the Legion, followed by a short official ceremony, and afternoon musical entertainment, face painting, balloon artist, glitter tattoos, and more.
The farmer’s market and vendor market will be set up outside along 50th Avenue and 51 Street. If you are interested in a table please call 403-783-4841.
The Wetaskiwin and District Museum will have a variety of games and prizes for the whole family, but most of all birthday cake to celebrate Canada Day.
The day will wrap up with a bang with fireworks at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum and dusk, dry conditions permitting.
For a history of Canada’s flag, go to:
For more information on Canada Day, contact the Royal Canadian Legion at 780-352-2662.