To the Editor:
Calling all residents, young, old and in-between - come CELEBRATE Canada Day 150 in good ol’ Kincardine.
Your Canada Day committee requests that every household and business hoist a Canadian flag, big or small, on their premises the week leading up to Canada Day 150. If you can decorate your house in red-and-white that would be awesome. Thanks!
The legendary Paul Henderson, No. 19 Team Canada 1972, was born on the ice at Kincardine, Jan. 28, 1943, and went on to score the goal of the Century in the Canada-Russia Summit Series in 1972. “Born On The Ice” – it’s like folklore but it’s not, as it really happened. It’s Canadiana at it’s best!
The Canada Day committee began communicating with Henderson back in March of 2016, inviting him and his family to come to Kincardine for Canada Day 150. He told us that Kincardine’s invitation was interesting but so were several other invitations. May 16, 2017, he called to say, "Today, I broke the hearts of many people but I told them that for Canada Day 150, I am going back to my roots in Kincardine."
I did a happy dance almost as big as the one when he scored “The Goal." What a feather in the cap for Kincardine! One of his invites for Canada Day 150 was from the Government of Canada in Ottawa!
At 9:05 a.m., July 1, at the Walker House, Mike Geddes is picking up Henderson and his wife, Eleanor (maybe their grandchildren too) in a carriage pulled by Nash and Kay, two big Clydesdale horses, for a little birth re-enactment. Henderson will be taken along Saugeen Street, along the shore, to Kingsway and then up to the hospital for the "Paul Henderson Bronze Plaque" unveiling ceremony at 9:30 a.m. The plaque will be housed on a special one-of-a-kind horse-and-sleigh configuration.
The Canada Day committee is encouraging everyone to cheer Henderson along the route to the hospital as the horses pass by, hold up signs, shout out cheers, and attend the unveiling ceremony at the hospital (free parking).
Following the ceremony Henderson and his family will be given a carriage ride in the Canada Day parade down to the flag pole ceremonies where he will be the guest speaker. I know when he is introduced, he will be given such a loud and long cheer from his birth town that he won’t be able to speak for a couple of minutes for all the noisy cheering. Can’t wait!
Mayor Anne Eadie is hosting a luncheon in Henderson's honour at the Walker House. We are hoping that he and his family will participate in the Saturday Night Pipe Band Parade.
Brad Kirkconnell and I will be wearing our No. 19 Team Canada ’72 hockey jerseys for the day to honour Henderson. If you would like one, call the Kincardine Tourism Office at 519-396-2731 and pre-book yours.
The Canada Day 150 parade starts at 11 a.m. from Quinn Plaza – to enter a float, call Kincardine Tourism at 519-96-2731.
RCMP senior constable Jason Morton of the Kitchener detachment, son of Margaret Morton of Point Clark, was raised in Huron Township and will be participating in all our Canada Day activities, including photo opportunities with Macpherson Park attendees.
We live in the best country in the world! Come Celebrate Canada Day 150 at our beautiful waterfront. Give your chest muscles a good workout. Improve your posture – stand a little straighter and taller on this special day in the best town in Canada. Sing like nobody is listening!
Wear red and white – paint your face – stick on a maple leaf face tattoo – carry a wee Canadian flag to wave. Bring a noisemaker (whistle, cow bell, horn, etc.) to help make a joyful LOUD NOISE for Canada when the 150 biodegradable balloons are released and a three-gun salute is heard.
After the ceremonies, a planting of a beautiful 16-foot Canada Day 150 Royal Red Maple will take place just across the sidewalk in Macpherson Park. The Kincardine Scottish Pipe Band will be playing "On The Road To Passchendaele" in honour of the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge. Plan to stick around for some Canada Day cake.
If you paint your face, meet Keith Davidson at the stage for a group picture for the local press. Take in all the entertainment in the Family Fun Zone in Macpherson Park, featuring Kincardine’s own awesome Community Singers celebrating their 40th anniversary year.
In the evening, march with the Kincardine Scottish at 8 p.m. sharp. Then, enjoy a spectacular, giant Canada Day 150 fireworks display at dusk at the lakeshore.
HAPPY 150th BIRTHDAY, CANADA!
WE LOVE YOU!
R. Keith Davidson
for the Kincardine Canada Day 150 committee