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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Happy Canada Day!

Happy Canada Day! Folkestone will be marking Canada Day tomorrow, so that school children can be included as usual. Every year since the end of the First World War, Folkestone has marked the day with a memorial service held at the Canadian War Cemetary, which is in North Road, Folkestone. It marks the death of many Canadians defending Britain and Europe against German aggression during the first world war, and has since been altered to mark the Canadian contribution to the second world war.

Folkestone has had a strong connection with Canada ever since their troop marched down the Slope Road (now renamed the Road of Remembrance) to the harbour and sailed to the front line in France and Belgium. Every year, a Canadian delegation including senior military and diplomatic figures visits the town. I met the ambassador a couple of years ago, and once the Prime Minister of Canada even attended.

Of course, in Canada the day is more of a celebration, marked by a national holiday (tomorrow in lieu of today) and usually alcohol, I understand. I'm sure that's at least as much fun as Folkestone's celebrations!

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