When I was a little girl, July 1 was called Dominion Day. As I was reflecting today on why and when the day was renamed to Canada Day, I decided to look up some info in Wikipedia.
Canada Day (French: Fête du Canada) is the national day of Canada. A federal statutory holiday, it celebrates the anniversary of the July 1, 1867, enactment of the Constitution Act, 1867 (then called the British North America Act, 1867), which united the three separate colonies of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada. Originally called Dominion Day (French: Le Jour de la Confédération), the holiday was renamed in 1982, the year the Canada Act was passed. Canada Day celebrations take place throughout the country, as well as in various locations around the world, attended by Canadians living abroad.
I remember Dominion Day being a holiday for my Dad but don’t recall that there was a parade or celebrations in our small town.
I was in Grade Seven and twelve years of age when the Centennial was celebrated in 1967. It was a very big Celebration! I have always loved history and so enjoy connecting all the dots to how “today” became reality.
This year I have been especially thankful for our heritage, our freedom, and our place in the world. I am grateful for all those who had the courage in the past and also to those who even now are working hard to allow us to continue to live freely the life that God has called us to live…
God keep our land glorious and free… O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.