Canada’s Great Na­tion

Valley Journal Advertiser - - COMMUNITY - BY ROBERTA VERGE

From ocean to ocean and land in be­tween,

We thank you, vet­er­ans, for keep­ing us free.

You fought for our free­dom, your names etched in stone,

At Vimy Ridge, thou­sands of miles from your home.

With worldly con­flicts that could not be ig­nored,

You fought to keep the wars away from our shores.

We hon­our you, vet­er­ans, you gave your lives,

For us to en­joy com­forts only you could pro­vide.

We sa­lute those who still are with us to­day,

For keep­ing forces at bay. the en­emy

It’s time to hon­our our vet­er­ans for be­ing first rate,

They give this coun­try rea­son to cel­e­brate.

Our troops are in a for­eign land as I speak,

Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence to bring world peace.

Our borders are open to give a new start

To peo­ple whose home­land was torn apart.

From for­eign lands we wel­come those in need

To prac­tice di­ver­sity as they suc­ceed.

Our First Na­tions peo­ple, play their drums with dig­nity,

Ask­ing for re­spect to their cul­tural in­tegrity.

Our young ath­letes lift the torch on high,

Com­pet­ing for medal and bring­ing us pride.

Ocean to ocean and land in be­tween,

Thank you, Cana­di­ans, for pre­serv­ing our es­teem.

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