Thanks for making our country great

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It isn’t the Macy’s Day Parade with giant balloon floats and celebrities singing and waving to the crowds, but there’s something special about the Westville Parade.

The Westville Fire Department, as usual, did a great job organizing the event and Pictou County residents once again showed their support by showing up in the thousands. You know you have to be doing something right if you can get that many people to stand out in the sun and heat for more than an hour.

But more than just a chance to watch the parade, the celebration is of course a chance to celebrate the country we live in.

As one reads of the chaos in other places of the world like Iraq and even the violence happening between Israel and Hamas, you have to be thankful for the country that we live in where our day to day lives are rarely interrupted by violence.

There were two groups that took part in the parade that we in particular owe our gratitude. First and foremost are the veterans who were well represented in the parade with Legion and battalion floats. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the First World War and as stories are retold of the battles these men and women fought, you have to be a bit awed at their resolve. They were people who knew a clear distinction between good and evil and signed up to protect not only this country’s freedom, but also the rights of those in other countries.

Also participating in the parade were the RCMP with their scarlet surge and boots shining. The shooting death of three officers in Moncton has reminded us all of the importance of these men and women who day to day serve to keep peace in our communities.

To those men and women who have made our country great and keep it that way, we say offer our sincere appreciation. To Westville, thanks again for another great celebration

Organizations: Westville Fire Department, Hamas, RCMP

Geographic location: Pictou County, Iraq, Israel Moncton Westville

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