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Canadian birthday salute at McChord Field

Western Air Defense Sector and JBLM Canada Day

Alexina Berger wore a small Canadian flag in her hair as a way of showing her French Canadian pride. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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Oh Canada!

Our neighbor to the north celebrated its national holiday yesterday. 

While Canadians across their country showed pride in their history, culture and achievements, some assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) did so as well at Heritage Hill.

"Whenever we move, I bring my country with me," commented Kim Dorion as she painted a small Canadian flag on the face of her daughter, Hannah.

"I am proud of Canada, and I want to instill a sense of being a proud Canadian."

Most of the Canadians attending the celebration work in the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord Field. Some also work at JBLM-Main.

July 1 commemorates the creation of the Canadian Federation through the North America Act that went into effect on July 1, 1867.

The Act marks the connection of the British North American colonies of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and the Province of Canada into a federation of four provinces.

In October 1982 the day - which until then was known as Dominion Day - officially was recognized as Canada Day.

Popular activities such as picnics and parades became the standard practice across Canada.  Fireworks brighten the night in 15 major cities across the country.

>>> Hannah Dorion counted medallions distributed to the children of Canadian military families during Canada Day festivities. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Under bright blue skies and in very warm weather yesterday afternoon, small Canadian flags and white balloons waved and bobbed in the wind.

"Our celebration is an attempt to improve the welfare of our families," explained Michelle Szkwarek, a community coordinator.

"We're bringing a bit of Canadiana," she added with a laugh. 

"It's great!"

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