Legion, historical society holding joint celebration on Feb. 16
PARRSBORO – Two special occasions – one ceremony.
The Parrsborough Shore Historical Society will join with the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 45 to celebrate both Flag Day and Heritage Day with an event at the legion on Sunday, Feb. 16.
“They both come up in February, so we just combine them,” said Colin Curleigh, president of the historical society.
This year’s program will start at 1 p.m., featuring guest addresses from deputy mayor Lisa Ward and county councillor Don Fletcher, as well as a talk from historian Conrad Byers.
The event will conclude with a flag raising ceremony, and the singing of “O Canada,” followed by tea and a light lunch. Also participating this year are Parrsboro Regional Elementary School students, who are working on poems and posters on the theme “Historic Places Made for Play.”
Also participating in the flag raising will be the 689 Handley Page air cadets, and Curleigh is also hopeful that members of the Parrsboro Citizens Choir will be on hand to lead in “O Canada.”
The tradition of celebrating Flag Day and Heritage Day together in Parrsboro goes back a few years now, he explained.
“About 4-5 years ago, someone said at a board meeting that we should do something for Heritage Day,” Curleigh recalled. “We thought it was a good idea, and checked with the legion to see if they could do it with us.”