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Five years ago, our community came together and raised the Great Canadian Flag on our riverfront for the first time.

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On Saturday, May 20, 2017, thousands gathered as we sang both The Maple Leaf Forever and O Canada. A cannon exploded as the lanyard raised high our beautiful standard along a 150 ft. pole.

It was the 125th anniversary of the incorporation of the city of Windsor. In that same year, we celebrated the sesquicentennial of our nationhood.

And we stood together, diverse peoples linked together with a single purpose on sacred ground first inhabited by Indigenous peoples whose legacy and history remain with us today.

Over the years, we have heard from many of our fellow residents and visitors alike on how this project has made them happy or how it has inspired them in their own lives.

New Canadians have restored their oaths of citizenship in the shadow of the flag, couples have proposed marriage to each other there, while friends have used this landmark as a place to congregate or a checkpoint for the beginning of many adventures in our great city.

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And in the last five years, we also know we have faced some significant challenges — a long, arduous, and lethal pandemic, economic burdens beleaguering many businesses and workers alike, public demonstrations which occupied our streets and a general uncertainty in a very troubled world. .

Despite it all, our flag remains a constant, reminding us that we have protected rights governed by reasonable limitations for our mutual benefit.

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It prompts us to realize our obligations on the world stage and our continuing commitments to humanity.

And it inspires all of us to do better for our families, ourselves and for each other.

Peter Hrastovec, Mary Baruth, Ann Hall, Lisa Kolody, Dave Woodall,
The Great Canadian Flag Project

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