Posted by: Diane | July 2, 2012

Happy Canada Day holiday!

Canada had a birthday yesterday.

Canada wasn’t really “born” on July 1, but the holiday celebrates the events that took place on this day. On July 1, 1867, the British North American Act created the Canadian federal government. This act stated that Canada would become an independent dominion (territory) of England, which is why Canada Day was originally called Dominion Day. In 1982, the name, Dominion Day changed to Canada Day after a vote in Parliament.

The Canadian Coat of Arms has a motto on it:  A Mari usque ad Mare — this means, “from sea to sea.” The motto is based on a bible verse:  He shall have dominion from sea to sea and from the river unto the ends of the earth (Psalm 72:8)

I didn’t know that our nation anthem had four verses – it’s part prayer.

 Ruler supreme, who hearest humble prayer,
Hold our Dominion, in thy loving care.
Help us to find, O God, in thee,
A lasting rich reward.
As waiting for the better day,
We ever stand on guard.
God keep our land, glorious and free.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
What a rich heritage we have!


  1. Yes, we truly are blessed to live in a country without fear of persecution, foreign takeovers, and with freedoms that much of the world can only imagine.
    I am thankful we stepped on Canadian shores many years ago on September 11, 1951. We came for the freedoms offered here with our family of five from Sweden, confident that we would never have to flee another country as my parents had fled from Estonia.
    Thank You Canada!
    Happy 145th Canada Day!

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