“With Canada Day celebrations canceled this year, instead of having (flags) sitting around, let’s take them there,” the official said
The Canadian Orillia Day committee wants residents to fly the country’s flag proudly on July 1, and there are plenty of small flags to use.
Among the organizers’ flags in storage and other batches received for Canada Day celebration this year, which have been canceled, there are 10,000 available.
Brian Hare, committee operations manager, will distribute flags at his home at 97 Dunlop St. on June 27 from 12 to 3 p.m. or until they leave. He will provide up to 10 flags for each vehicle.
“With Canada Day celebrations canceled this year, rather than (the flag) sitting around, let’s take them there,” Hare said.
Committee members will usually be busy now getting ready for the July 1 party, and Hare will be at the farmer’s market handing out flags and selling Canadian Day goods as a fundraiser. Even though it feels “weird” not to do that, he wants to do the best of it.
“This year,” he said. “Hopefully, we can do something at the end of the year, but at least people can celebrate in their own groups with flags.”
Hare hopes there will be fireworks this year, but it will be a late celebration if the committee can do it. The aim is to hold a fireworks show around Thanksgiving.
Meanwhile, he encouraged people to stop by on the 27th and pick up some free flags.
Hare asked everyone to enter Dunlop Street on Colborne Street, go to his property – where there would be tents decorated with flags – take their flags and continue south so there would be no problems with traffic. He does not allow walk-up or pickup from the other side of the road.
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