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It was solely 40 years in the past that O Canada was formally adopted as Canada’s official nationwide anthem, precisely 100 years after the tune was commissioned by Quebec’s lieutenant governor, Théodore Robitaille, for the 1880 Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day celebrations.
This Wednesday, in the meantime, will mark the primary Canada Day because the passage in 1980 of the Nationwide Anthem Act (and, certainly, for much longer) that 1000’s of Canadians won’t collect on the entrance garden of Parliament Hill to sing that very anthem (or not less than mouth the phrases) in unison.
As an alternative, Ottawans, in addition to Canadians elsewhere, are anticipated to look at this yr’s festivities in a way more staid and secluded style, sustaining bodily distancing and different public well being protocols to make sure we’ll all be round to return to the Hill in 2021.
Oh, certain, there’ll possible nonetheless be some celebratory yard barbecues or Parliament Hill stalwarts picnicking on the nationwide garden on Wednesday, and we’ll undoubtedly be visited by these perennially patriotic automotive shows of muffler-less, flag-waving, horn-honking and tricked-out Honda Civics forming single-vehicle parades alongside our streets. By the way, as regards to parades, some communities, resembling Greely, refuse to go gently into the Canada Day night time this yr, changing its fireworks and different conventional actions with a “drive-by” of emergency service autos in a loud-sirened tribute to the pandemic’s frontline heroes.