Canada’s 151st Birthday

canada-day-614290_960_720-1[1]As I write this, it’s July 4th, Independence Day in the U.S. and three days after Canada Day, here at home. Canada’s only 151 years old and very much a work in progress, but what country isn’t?

What struck me most about Canada Day was the sense of community I saw everywhere, from the multi-generations of families attending celebrations at Memorial Peace Park in Maple Ridge, to the gatherings in many communities I later saw on TV. This country is as much about family and camaraderie and gratitude as it is about marking another birthday on the calendar.

The older I get, the more apparent it is not to take for granted the country where I was born. My grandfather came from England decades ago with only a few dollars in his pocket. He built a life and created a family, and although he’s long gone, it’s only later in life that I fully appreciate what a daring and smart move he made.

For all of my Canadian friends, I hope yours was a wonderful Canada Day. For my American friends, Happy 4th of July!

Author: debrapurdykong

I'm a British Columbia author who's been writing for over 30 years. My volunteer experiences, criminology diploma, and security work inspired me to write the Casey Holland transit security novels set in Metro Vancouver. I'm also a part-time facilitator in Creative Writing Workshops through Port Moody's Recreation program. Feel free to contact me at

2 thoughts on “Canada’s 151st Birthday”

  1. I so agree. My German great-grandparents came to Canada in 1911 from Russia to escape political instability. I am so grateful that they did. Even though I spend most of my time in Spain, I am a proud Canadian. Happy to see everyone enjoying the Canada Day celebrations.

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