Social Media Allows Canadians To Show Patriotism

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!

Today is Canada Day, our equivalent of the 4th of July.  Growing up I remember going to barbecues and things on the 1st of July and when I was older playing the clarinet or sax in the Canada Day parades in our area.  I also remember, however, crossing the border to play in 4th of July parades and there was a huge difference.  Even when it is not the national holiday celebrating the founding of the country, in the United States the patriotism is almost palatable.  People wear the flag, fly the flag, pledge allegiance to the flag etc. 365 days of the year.  In Canada there has always seemed to be a rather apologetic tone to any display of national pride.

This seems to have changed in the past few years, at least on the social media sites.  Perhaps because we aren’t face to face with people, we seem to be much more comfortable trumpeting our pride.  For July 1st it started around a week ago as one-by-one most of my friends changed their profile pictures to Canadian flag, maple leafs, beavers etc.  This morning we were all cheering for Canada, wishing her a happy birthday etc.  It is really quite beautiful, even if we did need the cover of social media to allow it out!


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