The Summerland Legion will host Canada Day celebrations in Memorial Park on July 1 beginning at 11 a.m. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

The Summerland Legion will host Canada Day celebrations in Memorial Park on July 1 beginning at 11 a.m. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland Legion to host Canada Day celebrations

Events on July 1 will mark Canada’s 155th birthday

It will be a day for celebration as the Summerland Legion hosts its Canada Day events on Friday, July 1.

Canada Day will mark Canada’s 155th birthday as a nation. The celebrations in Summerland will begin at 11 a.m. in Memorial Park with a flag-raising ceremony and speeches by dignitaries.

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The legion will then offer barbecued hamburgers and hot dogs as well as cake and ice cream, said John Dorn, one of the Summerland Legion event organizers.

Traditional games for children will follow in Memorial Park.

This year will be Summerland’s first Canada Day celebration since 2019. In 2020 and 2021, the Summerland Legion cancelled the events because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Penticton also cancelled its 2021 Canada Day celebrations. However, in that community, the reason was as a show of respect for Indigenous communities. In the spring of 2021, the discovery of 215 deceased children at a former residential school in Kamloops resulted in an examination of an overlooked part of Canada’s history. Since the discovery of the unmarked graves in Kamloops, additional graves have been found at other former residential schools across Canada. The total is now into the thousands.

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