Reader’s Letter: The Great Canadian Flag has become a landmark in our community

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Five years ago, our community came together and first raised the Great Canadian Flag on our river.

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On Saturday, May 20, 2017, thousands gathered as we sang The Maple Leaf Forever and O Canada. A cannon exploded as the cordon raised our beautiful banner high over a 150-foot pole.

It was the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Windsor. That same year, we celebrated the sesquicentennial of our nationality.

And we stand together, diverse peoples linked together with a single purpose on sacred ground inhabited primarily by indigenous peoples whose legacy and history remain with us to this day.

Over the years, we’ve heard from many of our fellow residents and visitors about how this project made them happy or inspired them in their own lives.

New Canadians reaffirmed their oaths of citizenship under the flag, couples proposed marriage there, while friends used this landmark as a gathering place or checkpoint for the start of many adventures in our great city.

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And in the last five years, we also know that we have faced some significant challenges – a long, arduous and lethal pandemic, economic burdens that harass many businesses and workers, public demonstrations that have filled our streets, and general uncertainty in a very troubled world.

Despite everything, our banner remains constant, reminding us that we have protected rights governed by reasonable limitations for our mutual benefit.

This drives us to fulfill our obligations on the world stage and our ongoing commitments to humanity.

And that inspires all of us to do better for our families, for ourselves and for each other.

Peter Hrastovec, Mary Baruth, Ann Hall, Lisa Kolody, Dave Woodall,
The Great Canadian Flag Project

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