Canadian: Red, White, and Proud

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!

From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

“O, Canada”

We stand in awe of the land in which we live;
the beauty, the majesty,
the rugged snow-capped mountains,
the pristine lakes,
the solitude, the quietness,
the peace.

“Our home and native land”

Once the home of our native brothers,
now home to all who believe in freedom and peace.
Not a ‘melting pot’, but a diverse expanse
of cultures, languages and beliefs.

“True patriot love in all thy sons command”

To live here is to love this land beyond measure,
a command easily obeyed,
as this love-of-country burns deep in our hearts.
We are passionate in our love,
and proud to be called Canadian.

“With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The true north, strong and free”

A nation of strong, proud people.
Those in the south, living in nature’s rugged beauty,
Those in the north, living in a land of frozen tundra and ice.
People of vision and courage, taming the elements
to create a place of freedom and truth.

“From far and wide, O, Canada,
We stand on guard for thee”

Our military personnel are known as “Peace Keepers”,
small in number, but large in compassion.
reaching out to help those in need,
serving in the four corners of the earth.

“God keep our land glorious and free”

Our prayer is that the citizens of our country,
and the citizens of the world live in peace and freedom,
that they be free to exercise their beliefs without persecution,
and travel where their hearts take them,
without restrictions.

O Canada, we stand on guard for thee”.

Let us stand up as a nation and be accountable,
protecting the values upon which our country was founded,
and in doing so “stand on guard for thee”.

by David Ronald Bruce Pekrul

https://macdonellfamily.wordpress.com/tag/war-memorial/

We Are More
by Shane Koyczan

Define Canada.
You might say that we are the home of the rocket or the great one
who inspired the little nines and the little ninety-nines,
but we’re more than the Rockies and the fishing lines off the rocky coast of the Maritimes
and some say what defines us is the simple please and thank you
and as for you’re welcome, we say that too
but we are more than gentile or civilized
we are an idea is the process of being realized
we are a culture strung together, then woven into a tapestry
and the design is what makes us the sum totals of our history
we are an experiment going right for a change
with influences ranging from a to zed
and yes, we say zed. We are the colours of China town and the coffee of Little Italy we dream so big that
there are those who would call our ambition an industry
because we are vineyards of good year after good year
we reforest what we clear because we believe in generations beyond our own
knowing now that so many of us have grown past what we used to be, we can stand here with all the hope
people have when they say things like someday
because we are more than a laundry list of things to do and places to see
more than countryside, hills to ski and ponds to skate
we are the abandoned hesitation of all those who can’t wait
we are first rate, greasy spoon diners and healthy living cafes
a country that is all the ways to live
a nation that can give you variety because we are choices
we are millions upon millions of voices shouting keep exploring
we are more
we are the surprise the world has in store for you
it’s true
Canada is the what in what’s new
so don’t let your luggage define your travels
each life unravels differently
and experiences are what make the colours of our tapestry
we are the true north strong and free
and what’s more is that we didn’t just say it
we made it be.

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  1. I hope you might allow a comment from across the south border. Growing up near to your great and beautiful land, I always have admired the rugged independence and wildness of Canada. To be proud of your country is not hard to understand. And personally I’ve been proud to see over the years that Canada remains Canada, not trying to be America. I hope that continues!

    For me, I am glad to be American. Not sure I’d say “proud.” There is much that my country does that I fully disagree with, and at times am ashamed of. For instance, needless and tragic wars. But there is much good, much beauty and much to love about my country, even when it acts like a big bully!

    As I reflect on patriotism from time to time, I like to recall two wise quotes from the distant and not so distant past.
    Our own patriot, Thomas Paine, who wrote: “My country is the world, and my religion is to do good.”
    The other is from the famous cellist Pablo Casals: “Love of one’s country is a splendid thing. But why should love stop at the border?”
    All proud patriots ought to keep these in mind. So many of the world’s challenges need to be faced together, and in significant ways the borders need to dissolve, wouldn’t you say (especially with changing climate, conservation of resources, human rights, global threats, etc)?

    I’m also reminded of John Muir (who loved his Canadian wanderings) who saw everything “hitched to everything else” in this great, beautiful, natural world!

    Peace to the Great Land of Canada! And peace on our small planet, among neighbors across all borders!

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