The Canada Day event wouldn’t be nearly as much as a success without some free food. Drinks, hot dogs and cake were prepared for 1,200 people. 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Mark Misener, 4 CDSG Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards and Mayor Bob Sweet cut the cake. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Different kids activities were set up for the youngsters to enjoy. Kelvyn Ladouceur, 3 ½, climbs the rope course. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 lent their considerable contributions to the July 1 celebration. They participated in the opening ceremonies at noon. The Legion Colour Party marched before the main stage. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Canada Day is the perfect time for a family outing. MJ Turner and Aedan, 3, agree. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Hundreds came to gather on the grounds of the Petawawa Golf Club late on Canada Day to watch the Pyromusical Show. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Live entertainment was one of the day’s main draws. Kirk Harber kept the place hopping with a cover of Jonny Cash. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Is Steve Anthony secretly a wizard? The crowd watching him perform card tricks isn’t completely sure. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The Petawawa Canada Day festivities attracted people from all over the nation. Travelling from Manitoba are Lisa Boddy, Don Boddy and Peggy Stock. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Nancy Roy holds Jessica Gauthier as they sing the national anthem. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The petting zoo wasn’t just for little kids. Sarah Gudlaugsson couldn’t resist petting the donkey. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
A Boeing C-17 Globemaster III flew low over Centennial Park, garnering oohs and awes from the crowd below. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Preston is without a doubt the best-dressed dog in Centennial Park. His humans Robert and Jaime Martins aren’t too shabby themselves. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
RY-J's Climbing Adventures kept through to their name. Though several bouncy castles were set up, youngsters like Sarah Tippeneskum, 9, were unable to resist the climbing wall. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
The firefighters’ slide kept everybody cooled down. Irish Cong-O goes down this perennial favourite, slipping and sliding all the way down. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
A Vimy Oak was planted at Centennial Park to honour both Canada’s 150th, but also for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. This sapling comes from the cuttings of acorns that World War I Lieutenant Leslie Miller brought home. Symbolically planting the tree are, from left, Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet, CAO/Clerk Dan Scissons 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Formation Sergeant Major Chief Warrant Officer Bill Richards and its Commander Colonel Mark Misener. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)
Petawawa celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday
By Patricia Leboeuf
Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017
A patriotic extravaganza was organized in Petawawa to mark Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1.
To celebrate the nation’s sesquicentennial, the town added to its traditional family-friendly activities and expanded the length of the annual festivities. In partnership once again with Garrison Petawawa, the day culminated with fireworks at the Petawawa Golf Club, this year featuring a special Pyromusical Show.
Despite the rain, thousands descended on Centennial Park.
“It is great to be here and see a sea of red,” said Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet.
“This is awesome,” he added, giving thanks to all the volunteers and participants who made this Canada Day one to remember.
He was also grateful that the weather held out for the town’s official launch ceremonies, which included the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 commemorating all those who sacrificed to make this country great.
They marched on the Legion Colour Party and the flag was lowered to half-mast in honour all these men and women.
“Your Canadian Armed Forces, your military, has had a role shaping the nation since the beginning ... and that is a really proud role that we have taken and continue to take today,” said 4th Canadian Division Support Group (4 CDSG) Commander Colonel Mark Misener.
About 1,700 soldiers are currently deployed around the world doing work on behalf of the country.
“Today, when you are enjoying your day think of them and more importantly their families,” said Col Misener.
He pointed out that there are very close ties between the town and the Garrison, and by working together, they bring a spirit and vitality to the area that would otherwise be lacking.
This relationship is one that must be celebrated, said Col Misener.
After the speeches, people made their way to the edge of the water where a ‘Vimy Ridge Oak’ was planted. In commemoration of the centennial anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation offered saplings of ‘Vimy Oaks’ to select organizations. They were grown from cuttings of original ‘Vimy Oak’ trees - following the historic battle, Lieutenant Leslie Miller, a soldier with the Canadian Expeditionary Force (1914-1919), gathered some acorns and upon his return to Canada planted them at his family farm in Scarborough, Ont.
One hundred of these saplings will also be planted next to the Canadian National Vimy Memorial Historic Site in France.
“It is a key event in our nation’s history,” said Col Misener.