This year, 2012, is one of celebration in both Canada and the USA. Both are celebrating nation formative victories in the same warring period.
Canada is officially celebrating repelling the most significant of American invasions in The War of 1812
The USA, more specifically Baltimore, is celebrating the battle of Fort McHenry - From which a poem and then words for The Star Spangled Banner was written. I should not forget that New Orleans is promoting its own place in the history of that time.
The years around 1812 had Americans wanting to free the continent from the British and the Canadians not wanting to be Americans, the latter, despite the close relationship that exists between the two peoples, remains.
Canada and the USA often describe their relationship as one of family; and, as in families, there is affection and disagreement. For the most part, the people look the same, talk the same, watch the same movies and share the values such as the love of freedom and democracy. Both immigrant nations, their history gives them significant cultural and political differences, each loving its own way.
During this 2012 period of national birthday celebrations, lets all take a moment to appreciate the life, friendship and future that our two countries have together.
July 1, Happy Birthday Canada
July 4, Happy Birthday USA
Today, 30 June, here in Quito, Canadians, Americans, Ecuadorians and a few others from Latin America gathered in the typically warm friendship that characterises their relationships to celebrate Canada Day. Given that one of the main organizers is from Alberta, there was a pancake breakfast and a group playing and singing western music.
Want to learn more about the War of 1812 period ? Find information on the following websites. Be aware that the authors may tend to highlight those aspects of events to suit their audiences.
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