Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village hosted Pincher Creek's Canada Day celebrations on Wednesday, July 1, with approximately 500 guests in attendance. Light showers in the morning did not deter the crowds that gathered to commemorate the day. Bob Westrop acted as the Master of Ceremonies. A Colour Guard March composed of veterans, cadets and RCMP members began the official ceremony, which was held in front of the first North West Mounted Police building in the Pincher Creek area, a tiny log building that was once home to up to four policemen at a time.
|MC Bob Westrop, Mayor Don Anderberg, Reeve Brian Hammond, MP John Barlow|
Reeve Brian Hammond also spoke of the history of the Canadian flag, and reminded everyone there that the national anthem states 'We stand on guard for thee' three times. He talked of what that means, both on Canadian soil and abroad. He invited the crowd to think about the jobs done by our peacekeepers, both in the military and the RCMP.
Member of Parliament John Barlow said that Canada Day is one of his favorite days of the entire year. He said that he was voted into the position of MP "one year ago, yesterday," and was delighted and humbled to be acting as a liaison between the people of Alberta and Ottawa.
Legion Member Pierre Comeau spoke of his experiences in combat and peacekeeping missions in Afghanistan and Central Africa.
|Lt. Commander Pierre Comeau|
|At the beer garden|
|Charlie Price and Ken Neumann at the Wild Pink Yonder booth|
At 1:00 pm there were cakes brought out to celebrate Canada's birthday, and the start of tug-of war challenges. The entire grounds were a hive of activities, music, fun, and laughter throughout the day.