Canada Day is for celebrating Canada

Editor: With surprise, and not a little disgust did I read “Flags were in abundance at this year’s Canada Day” (July 10) under a picture that had everything but a Canadian Flag.

Well, if you looked really hard you could see one, but flags from other countries were in abundance.

Why in the world were they flying other countries’ flags on Canada Day?

July 1 is, after all, Canada Day and not an international festival day.

We realize that there are immigrants from all over the world, but if they chose Canada and have a problem with flying the Canadian flag on Canada Day, maybe they should re-think why they came here in the first place.

I was not born in Canada, but the day I landed here I embraced Canada, and on Canada Day I celebrate the country I chose to come to and use only one flag — the Canadian flag.

There are plenty of opportunities to celebrate one’s origin and international festivities, but not on Canada Day. That’s when you celebrate the country you chose to come to, not just its benefits, but also the country, the people, the nation.

I realize that there are those who want to eliminate the national pride in one’s country and make Canada just a small part in the “global community”, and if we allow that spirit to prevail, Canada Day will soon become Global Village Day.

Roy Ingbre


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