Friday, August 12, 2011

Happy Birthday, Canada!!!

Today is Canada's Birthday!  We are a very young country compared to most other countries, being only 143 years old.  One that has had, and still does have difficulty having it's own identity.  Our population is just over 34 million and is only growing because of the healthy immigration system.  Many people apply to come and live in Canada.  We have only 10 provinces and three territories.The Dominion of Canada came into being on July 1, 1867. On this day, the four founding provinces were formed. Further provinces and territories were added over the years, with the most recent territory – Nunavut – forming  in 1999.


We stretch from the Pacific Ocean up to...

...the Arctic Ocean...

...clear over to the Atlantic Ocean.

With the Rockies and many other mountain ranges in between.  Canadians, like any other people,
believe their country to be the most beautiful in the world.  I love and enjoy the beauty of our precious country.  And I'm proud to be a Canadian!

The Prairies have a beauty of their own.  I enjoy driving over the open prairies, I always feel like it gives a person breathing space.

It is our Big Sky country.

Canada's new red and white Maple Leaf flag was raised for the first time on Parliament Hill on February 15, 1965. Maurice Bourget, Speaker of the Senate, addressed the audience. "The flag is the symbol of the nation's unity, for it, beyond any doubt, represents all the citizens of Canada without distinction, language, belief or opinion."

It flies atop the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, in the city of our Capitol, Ottawa, Ontario.

Happy Birthday, dearest Canada, I LOVE you!

O Canada!

Our home and native land!

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,

The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

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