Canadian flag returns to Dragonfly Park -- on National Flag Day
The large Canadian flag – an Orangeville landmark – has returned to the east entrance. The Sandhill Pipes & Drums band and the Orangeville Legion’s Colour Party welcomed the flag with some fanfare at Dragonfly Park on February 15 – National Flag Day.
The flagpole at Orangeville’s east entrance was removed in August of 2015 after scheduled maintenance revealed structural and mechanical issues due to corrosion. Subsequently, Councillor Nick Garisto and Paul Korsten of the East End Flagpole & Beautification Committee embarked on a community campaign that raised $18,997 for the new flagpole project. The base and 80-foot flagpole were installed at Dragonfly Park in December of 2016. Over the years, the flag has become an Orangeville landmark due to its prominent location and its size – 15 by 30 feet. The total cost of the project is $32,536 – funded by donations, in-kind support, and the Town.
Dufferin-Caledon MP David Tilson, who was unable to attend the event, sent greetings read by Mayor Jeremy D Williams. Mr. Tilson said this year’s National Flag Day is particularly exciting given that it’s Canada’s sesquicentennial and that Orangeville is marking the occasion with a new flagpole. “It is such an honour to represent this community which takes such pride in showing Canadian spirit,” Mr. Tilson said. He congratulated the town and event organizers.
Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones and Mayor Williams thanked the community for getting behind the flagpole project, and in particular Paul Korsten and Councillor Garisto.
In addressing the crowd gathered at the base of the flagpole, Mr. Korsten thanked members of Town staff who worked on the project and members of the community for donating to the cause and attending the ceremony. He said the Canadian flag means something different to each individual. Noted donors included the Lemon Aid Girls – Christina and Ashlynn Cauley who raised $891 for the flagpole.
A plaque will be unveiled this summer to commemorate the community support to the flagpole initiative.