Canada– What better place to live?

July 1, 2011 at 6:15 pm Leave a comment

 

 

Oh, Canada

Our home and native land…

On July 1, 1980, “O Canada” was proclaimed Canada’s national anthem, one hundred years after it was first performed on June 24, 1880. The anthem was composed by Calixa Lavallée, a well-known song writer. French lyrics were written by Sir Adolphe-Basile Routhier. It seems that the anthem grew steadily in popularity. Though Lavallée gets credit for the song, the official English lyrics were penned in 1908 by Mr. Justice Robert Stanley Weir, and while the English version underwent some changes recommended by a Special Joint Committee of Senate and the House of Commons in 1968, the French lyrics remain the same as when first written. For more information on O, Canada, read here.

To  download or listen to an mp3 instrumental or sung version of our anthem in French or English, go here.

While Canada  has not been immune to its own troubles, we do have much to celebrate. We can walk down the street without fear of mortar attack; we can go to our house of worship to celebrate our faith in peace; and we can elect government representatives in our municipalities, province and our country without fear or reprisal on election dates.

Today, on yet another Canada Day, Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are present in our national capital to celebrate with our country, probably before masses.  Their stop in Ottawa is part of a  10-day tour , the first trip abroad since their marriage in April. Oh, to have them here to celebrate too. Wish I could be there to get a glimpse.  I`m sure the  young royal couple will be well treated wherever they travel in Canada.

When the national anthem plays today, wherever you are, Canadians, stand and think on our freedom as it plays. Celebrate Canada!

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