Newfoundland & Labrador, Jul 01 (Canadian-Media): Official launch of the celebrations of Canada’s 152nd birthday was held today with Sunrise Event at Signal Hill National Historic Site, overlooking St. John’s harbour and the Atlantic Ocean, media reports said.
The Canada Day Sunrise Salute event at Signal Hill National Historic Site originally started in the 1980s by the St. John’s Jaycees.
Signal Hill National Historic Site
“Canada Day provides the opportunity for all Canadians to reflect on the values and principles that shape our great country and define our national identity...Canadians to come together and connect with our shared culture and heritage," said Nick Whalen, Member of Parliament for St. John’s East.
A special commemoration was held for the 103rd anniversary of the opening day of the Battle of the Somme during the First World War July 1, 1916 when the Royal Newfoundland Regiment were assaulted on the German line near Beaumont Hamel, France.
Special live coverage of today's Canada Day ceremony would be done by CBC from Parliament Hill 11 a.m.-2 p.m. ET (8 a.m.-11 a.m. PT) This special live coverage will also air globally via CBC News Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
In her recorded message marking the occasion Governor General Julie Payette says "we are a land of four solid seasons and it is not a little rain or a little snow that will stop us."
Rich and varied heritage of our nation is reflected by Parks Canada’s 171 national historic sites, located in every province and territory, including Signal Hill, and provide an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about our diverse history.
With a Parks Canada Discovery Pass, families and groups have unlimited opportunities to visit our incredible national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas throughout the year. Parks Canada also continues to offer free admission to new Canadian citizens for one year through the Institute for Canadian Citizenship’s Canoo mobile app.
“Parks Canada’s places represent the very best that Canada has to offer and tell stories of who we are, including the history, cultures, and contributions of Indigenous peoples. On Canada Day, admission is free throughout our national parks and national historic sites...There is no better way to celebrate our beautiful country than to immerse yourself in the heart of our country’s exceptional nature and history. Happy Canada Day!,” said Catherine McKenna,
Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada