July 1, 2012
This country, Canada is 145 years young today. In the history of countries, it really isn't a very long time.
Before we were an independent Canada, a country of "our own", we were known as the Dominion of Canada...we were a Dominion of the British Empire. Prior to that, "ownership" was fought between the British and the French. And yes, the Americans tried to invade us and make us "theirs" in 1812. We came out the victors. If we would like to go even further back before the British and French fought for the rights to claim this land, it belonged to the Native Peoples. Sadly there are some who are still arguing about the French/English issue.
This flag wasn't created and brought into being until February 1965. Until that time, the flag of Canada was the Union Jack.
My maternal (on my mother's father's side) great grandparents were married in Nova Scotia in 1885. My great grandfather was stationed there with the British army. My great grandmother was born in Newfoundland and was working in Halifax, N.S. when they met. They were married in Canada but never lived here after that.
I'm a second generation Canadian. My grandparents all came over at different times -- one from Scotland in 1910, one from England in 1913, and two more from England (who later married but did not know one another before they met in Canada), 4 months apart in 1912.
I'm proud to live in "the truth north strong and free...."