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MP Joe Preston, assisted by Elgin County Warden/Central Elgin
Deputy Mayor David Marr

In Port Stanley we have our traditions for celebrating Canada Day, starting with our Veterans' March across the King George VI Lift Bridge to Cenotaph Park, in front of the Royal Canadian Legion Last Post Branch 410. These traditions enjoyed by young and old alike.

On this 147th birthday for Canada the weather here cleared up and co-operated for a little traditional outdoor celebration. Legions members were circulating through the crowd handing out Canadian flags, Canadian lapel pins, and yellow ribbons to show support for our troops where ever they may be serving.

The Veterans' March with the colour parade, filled out by the Knights of Columbus in their colourful, swash-buckling gear, is always a favourite. The little boy in the lead picture enthusiastically waved them on. The small crowd gathered on the lawn chimed in for the opening of the ceremonies with a singing of "Oh Canada" and helped to close them with a rendition of "Happy Birthday".

At last it was time for what everyone had been waiting for - time to cut, and eat the birthday cake. The Happy Birthday Canada cake was made by Killer Desserts and donated by MP Joe Preston, in continuing memory for former Mayor Sylvia Hofhuis. Joe Preston cut, assisted by Elgin County Warden/Central Elgin Deputy Mayor David Marr, with actual cake serving by Karen Vecchio and Jeff Yurek's assistant.

Happy 147th Birthday Canada! And don't forget to join us for fireworks on main beach tonight at 10:00 p.m. [$5 Special Events parking fee in effect.]


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