Canada Day 2013 ~

 

 

Happy 146 th Birthday Canada ! I had a great time today at the 108 Heritage Site Canada Day Celebrations  ~ Even tho I didn’t spend a lot of time taking photos I hope you enjoy the ones I did take.  Spent the day with some super people cooking burgers and hotdogs. Lots of hungry folks ~DSC_2628DSC_2619What a beautiful site indeed ~DSC_2615
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This little beauty was nesting on the right hand side of the road as you enter the 108 Site ~ hope she’s ok . It amazes me where these little buggers will nest ~
DSC_2624Some great buildings at the 108 Heritage Site ~DSC_2609 copyweb1

Unfortunately there was a car crash first thing on Hwy 97 ~ I don’t think anyone was hurt at least I hope not ~
DSC_2639Great bunch of Gals ~ Roberta , Donna, Uli, BiancaDSC_2634Mayor Campsall ( he was one of our burger cookers no time for photo op ) and some of Joanie’s Sweet Alpaca’s ~ they were posing ~web2Wendy  (man if I had half this gal’s energy ) & my hot dog cohort Roberta ~ She is the hot dog whisperer…web7Colleen & Dan  and  Mr. Al Richmond (onion and burger aficionado )

web4Hurdy Gurdy Girls ~web3 Chief Mike Archie & some of 100 Mile’s finest ~web5More Hurdy Gurdy Girls ~web6Love the roof on this old building~ nobody knew where the heck the Ice cream was tho ~ DSC_2625Some guests enjoying the grub ~DSC_2660Partner Assisted Learning folks ~

DSC_2659 Dignitaries on stage ~
DSC_2654 DSC_2656#2Hope everyone had a Happy Canada Day !

 

please visit these sites for more info on hurdy gurdy girls and other stuff ~

http://bcheritage.ca/cariboo/people/hurdy.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canada_Day

http://www.historical.bc.ca/main.html

Red Friday 100 Mile House ~

 

Red Friday in Canada 

People in Canada have worn red on Fridays to show support for troops serving in the Canadian Forces. Red is chosen because it is an official Canadian color, and historically is a color of remembrance because it symbolizes the red poppies in Flanders Fields and the loss of life that the country has endured.

Many positions in the House of Commons do not allow employees to dress outside of uniform, but allow staff to wear a red ribbon as a compromise. This is the only exception to these dress codes other than wearing a poppy for Remembrance Day.

excerpt taken from Wikipedia

The Royal Canadian Legion in 100 Mile House celebrates Red Friday with a parade every year.  This year it was held on June 7th.  There were  guest pipers from  Williams Lake  along with supporters of our Canadian Armed Forces , Cadets and Ex Servicemen.  I always enjoy pipers in a parade.  They  remind me of my Dad when I was a kid  every Sunday he would play his marching band records.  He served in the Korean War and other theatres of peacekeeping  during his time in the Canadian Armed Forces .

DSC_1844 copyweb4DSC_1851 copy web3DSC_1852 copyweb5DSC_1857 copyThis fellow was a participant in the parade and deservedly so ~ This Veteran is James D. Milliken born  March 10, 1921 he joined the Canadian Navy at the age of 18 in May 1939.  Mr. Milliken was a submarine detector for the duration of World War 2.  He spent 55 months in the North Atlantic .  He displays his medals proudly.  Thank you for your Service Mr. Milliken~
web6 DSC_1909 copyweb7 DSC_1887 copyMr. Bob Wagensteen is  one of the main forces behind Red Friday’s in 100 Mile House. Acknowlegement goes to the students from 100 Mile Junior School  who support our Canadian Armed Forces..
DSC_1891 copyDSC_1908 copyweb2 web1 cadet4webPerhaps these young cadets will be part of of Armed Forces in the future~

Happy 145th Birthday Canada !

Just a few tidbits about our Canadian flag that we proudly wave on Canada Day !

 

This was our flag up until 1965.

 

 

The Canadian Red Ensign is the former flag of Canada, used by the federal government though it was never adopted as official by the Parliament of Canada. It is a British Red Ensign, featuring the Union Flag in the cantondefaced with the shield of the Coat of Arms of Canada.

 

The National Flag of Canada, also known as the Maple Leaf, and l’Unifolié (French for “the one-leafed”), is a red flag with a white square in its centre, featuring a stylized 11-pointed red maple leaf. Its adoption in 1965 marked the first time a national flag had been officially adopted in Canada to replace the Union Flag. The Canadian Red Ensign had been unofficially used since the 1890s and was approved by a 1945 Order in Council for use “wherever place or occasion may make it desirable to fly a distinctive Canadian flag”.

In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson appointed a committee to resolve the issue, sparking a serious debate about a flag change. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George F. G. Stanley and John Matheson based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada was selected. The flag made its first appearance on February 15, 1965; the date is now celebrated annually as National Flag of Canada Day.

Many different flags have been created for use by Canadian officials, government bodies, and military forces. Most of these flags contain the maple leaf motif in some fashion, either by having the Canadian flag charged in the canton, or by including maple leaves in the design. The Royal Union Flag is also an official flag in Canada, used as a symbol of Canada’s membership in the Commonwealth of Nations, and of its allegiance to the Crown. The Union Flag remains a component of other Canadian flags, including the provincial flags of British ColumbiaManitoba and Ontario.

Canada Day (FrenchFête du Canada) is the national day of Canada, a federal statutory holiday celebrating the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the British North America Act, 1867 (today called the Constitution Act, 1867, in Canada), which united three colonies into a single country called Canada within the British Empire.[1][2][3] Originally called Dominion Day (FrenchLe Jour de la Confédération), the name was changed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day observances take place throughout Canada as well as by Canadians internationally.

I liked our original Red Ensign flag.  But I must say I am really fond of our Maple Leaf flag.

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day ! We are 145 years young !

 

excerpts of info on The Red Ensign/Maple Leaf flag/Canada Day taken from Wikipedia