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Canadian flag flies proudly above Mississauga neighbourhood

June 29, 2014
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MISSISSAUGA – 

The maple leaf is once again flying high above several neighbourhood streets in Mississauga.

 

“We are doing it because we want to show the love for our country and all the people who have sacrificed their lives for our country,” said Edison Ramos, who organized the event now in its second year.

Fifty Canadian flags have placed on light poles on Bankside Dr., Highbank Rd. , Creditrise Pl. and Northrise Rd. in the Streetsville community, near Erin Mills Pkwy. and Britannia Rd. W. — all in preparation for Canada Day.

“To have the flag sitting in my basement doesn’t do anything, we need to have it out and the best way to do that is to put it up on a flag pole,” Ramos said as he and his family and a few friends put up the red and white.

Ramos — a self-described history buff — said it’s important to show appreciation for the brave men and women who have lost their lives fighting for the right to keep the flag and allow us the freedoms we have.

This community hosted the same event last year and said it was a great way to get kids involved and excited to show pride for Canada, which marks its 147th year of confederation on Tuesday. “It’s a really good way to inspire the kids and to get the community involved in celebrating this great nation.”

The flags will remain on the poles until August when Streetsville will be having another event to celebrate Canada and the community — with Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion expected to attend and give a speech.

Ramos helped get volunteers from the neighbourhood to sort through all the flags and then to tie them and then secure them in place.

On Canada Day he will be passing out dozens of smaller flags for the kids.

“I think it’s important to celebrate Canada because it is really such a great place to live,” said 17-year-old Sobhiyar Memon who is volunteering for the project. “The flag is beautiful and something to be very proud of.” 

Article source: http://www.torontosun.com/2014/06/28/canadian-flag-flies-proudly-above-mississauga-neighbourhood

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