AMHERST – Friday was National Flag of Canada Day, and the Municipality of Cumberland marked the event with a proclamation signed by Warden Keith Hunter.
“It’s a symbol that’s respected around the world,” said the warden in comments offered after the brief ceremony.
Hunter pointed out the symbol has only had a short time to gain prominence, having been created as the national flag in 1965. The Queen presided over accepting the new flag in January of that year, with official recognition starting Feb. 15, 1965 – hence Feb. 15 being national flag day (which wasn’t created until 1996, by Prime Minister Jean Chretien).
What does the warden treasure most about living in Canada?
“Our freedoms,” he said.
He noted there are parts of the world where danger is a regular feature of life. He pointed to the freedom of speech we enjoy, and observed that even Canadian poverty can be more affluent than the way some of the impoverished around the world live.
Hunter said he was proud to be Canadian but also proud to be a Maritimer.
Deputy Mayor George Baker was on-hand to represent Amherst.
“I think it’s very important to celebrate national flag day,” he said.
Baker stressed his belief Canada’s good citizenship extends beyond our borders.
“Canada is always on the radar to help other countries,” he said.
The deputy mayor said locals think of themselves as Maritimers and great Canadians, and that the Maritimes distinguishes itself for its residents’ willingness to help neighbours.