Canada 1 July: St. John's, Newfoundland
Sunrise on Signal Hill and Peace at the Fireworks
Happy Canada Day! In the early morning, a group of Peace Runners headed up to Signal Hill for the 6 am sunrise ceremony. It was a foggy morning, to say the least!
Here in Newfoundland, Canada Day is also Memorial Day when the brave efforts of the province’s veterans, particularly those who participated in World War I, are commemorated. The flag is raised at half-mast until noon to observe this occasion.
Despite the weather, a good sized group started to accumulate atop Signal Hill before the ceremony. Barely visible in the distance is Cabot Tower, where the first ever transatlantic signal was received.
Nancy, James and Aayrn held the torch before embarking on a seven week cycling journey from Cape Spear, NL to Vancouver, BC called From the Rock to the Rockies. The ride will raise $30,000 for the Child and Youth Mental Health In Patient Unit at Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, Ontario. We were honored to meet them before they set out on their ride.
Our three new friends from The Newfoundland Chocolate Company were so enthusiastic about the Peace Run! Thank you for your smiles, the great conversation and the chocolate.
We treated ourselves to some Newfoundland hot chocolate and Canada Day cupcakes, the breakfast of champions!
The Canada Day fireworks over Quidi Vidi lake were postponed until July 3rd due to inclement weather, but they were worth the wait!
Lots of children were out with their families and they all wanted a chance to hold the torch and make their wish for peace.
"O good Canada's oneness-heart
In you I see the perfection-start
Your blue vision-worlds run and sail..."