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O Canada, we stand…

By Matt King


When I was 14, I went to a summer camp that happened to take place over Canada Day. As time has passed, I’ve forgotten about the majority of that week in northern Alberta, but that Canada Day—or night, rather—has always stuck with me.

It was a clear night, and all of the campers were herded out into a large field, the counsellors desperately trying to reign in the hormonal chaos that is always present in large groups of teenaged girls and boys. But we all went, having been told that there would be fireworks. And so we stood in the large field, all of our heads tilted upwards, just looking up at the night sky. Then, on cue, a stretch of flickering colour, all neon and bright, burst across the darkness. We all simply stood, watching, our eyes wide at the seemingly simple brilliance of the fireworks.

Canada Day is coming up on Monday, and it’s a time not only for fireworks, but also to celebrate another year of this great country so many of us call home. And yet, it has been darkened by the sad events of the past few weeks, with over 100,000 people being evacuated in southern Alberta due to the massive amounts of flooding.

Even with such horrible things happening, we are reminded of what makes Canada so great. It’s the place where when 600 volunteers are asked for, thousands show up. It’s the place where we will band together when we are hurt and we will help each other when we are in need. A few days ago, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi quoted a citizen, saying, “We can’t control mother nature, but we can control how kind we are to each other.”

And it’s important that, as Canada Day approaches, we continue doing that throughout the year. So let this  Canada Day be a reminder to care for each other and keep each other safe—at work, at home, in the street, anywhere. Because just like when I was a teenager in that northern Alberta field, when we all stand together, we will be in awe of the fireworks we can make.

One Response to “O Canada, we stand…”

  1. hey folks, Thanks for posting. Everyone here are appreciative followers ! cheers

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