We are celebrating our country's birthday today
...and are reminded once again
of what a great country it is!
'From sea to sea'...Canada's motto is based on Psalm 72:8 'He shall have dominion also from sea to sea.'
It happens to be the second largest country in the world...and has the world's longest coastline and six time zones.
It is comprised of ten provinces (two of which I have yet to step foot on)...and three territories.
Nearly one-quarter of all the world's fresh water can be found in Canada...along with ten percent of all forests. About one-half of our great country is forest.
We have two national symbols...the maple leaf and the beaver.
We also have two national sports...although most of us know only about hockey, it seems. Lacrosse is our second national sport.
Our wonderful national anthem...Oh Canada...was first sung in 1880. And we have a French Canadian singer who sings it quite nicely!
Most of the people...the heart and soul of this country...live near the 49th parallel...in cities. Vancouver, British Columbia is tied with Zurich, Switzerland for the highest quality of life of any city in the world.
Canadians have been known to be very innovative over the years...and have brought you basketball, the electric light bulb, the electric range, the electron microscope, standard time, the television, the telephone, and the zipper and the baseball glove...oh yes...and the chocolate bar!
I am proud to be Canadian...today and every day. I plan to get out there and celebrate my country...strong and free. There are fireworks tonight...and maybe I will walk a portion of the Canada Trail.
Canada is a country that has been blessed beyond most countries in the world. It is a country worth working for.
The unity of the Canadian people was the paramount issue in 1867, as it is today. There is no force except the force of will to keep Canadians together.
Queen Elizabeth II ~ Canada Day, 1990