1600 students participate in Living Flag.
The Canadian flag came to life on Wednesday, June 7th in St. Paul, as approximately 1600 students from local schools participated in celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday by wearing red and white shirts and aligning to make the national flag.
According to the St. Paul Canada 150 Celebrations’ Facebook Page, it took 30 minutes for the students to line themselves up in the flag formation. The centre of the flag, the leaf, consisted of the 2017 graduating students. Mayor Glenn Andersen approached the Town with a vision for the flag in celebration of the nation’s birthday, as well as the anniversary of the Town’s famous UFO Landing Pad.
The UFO Landing Pad was a Canadian Centennial project, that represents the welcoming and united atmosphere of the community. The pad turns 50 this year, along with the St. Paul Rec Centre. In 1967, the Town of St. Paul was awarded the Centennial Star and carried out 100+ celebrations or tributes during the year to commemorate Canada’s 100th birthday. In that spirit the Canada 150 celebrations in St. Paul were born.
The living flag is one of many tributes the Town hopes to carry out. The St. Paul Canada 150 Facebook Page explains there were a lot of people who helped make the flag possible, “the coordination and successful Living Flag was achieved by Director of FCSS, Lynn Smid with her team Michelle Duffy, Kim Ouellette & Janelle Mahe. These ladies make up the Town St. Paul FCSS & Parent Link.” Local artistsHerman Poulin & Eugene Robinson, “played a role in designing the ground work needed for the Living Flag.” While Explore Surveys Inc. then “executed the ground work with their skills and surveying to allow for an efficient ‘loading’ process.”
Each student went home with the red & white shirts he/she wore during the demonstration, thanks to the Town of St. Paul. For more information on the Canada 150 Celebrations in St. Paul follow @stpaulcanada150 on Facebook.