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Lanark County Canadian Unity Signature Flag Presentation to the US Embassy in Ottawa, Canada in Support of the 9th Annivarsary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 ( 9/11)

 
September 11, 2010 marked the 9th anniversary of the terrorist atacks on America.  In order to to show our continued support, the Lanark County Emergency Services, Police, Fire,Ambulance in Carleton Place,Beckwith, Mississippi Mills, Lanark,Perth,Smith Falls and community residents, created a Canadian Unity Signature Flag.  The flag was completed in the Price Chopper store in Carleton Place on Thursday, September 9th.

On Tuesday, September 14, Robert McDonald and I were invited to the US Embassy in Ottawa to make the presentation of the flag.  Arrangements were made by Kyle Jones, Assistant to the U.S. Ambassador to Canada.  Bob and I presented the flag to James D. Nealon, Deputy Chief of the Mission.  They were totally impressed with the show of support and the hundreds of signatures that made up the flag.  They indicated that they would be framing the flag and hanging it in the Embassy.

Kylle gave us a tour of the very impressive building including the Ambassador's office.  The building was designed like a ship with three floors, tall ceilings, long corridors, with the walls made from Canadian Maple and stainless steal.  We were given packs of  M&M's with the emblem of the Embassy of The United States of America imprinted on each one.

We would like to sincerely thank the Emergency Services of Lanark County and the community residents that signed this truly Canadian Flag to show their support fo the 911 victims.

Gary Strike
Robert MaDonald



 
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Gary proundly holds one of the 10th Anniversary Signed Signature flags in Carleton Place before going to New York City

 
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As the 10th year Annivarsay approached of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 I felt compelled as a Canadian to commerorate, show support for our American neighbors and to pay my respects to the victims of the worst teriorist attack on North American soil.  I also felt everyday Canadians and first repsonders were looking for a way to pay respects.  As the anniversary became closer, I decided to contact fire stations and first responders across the country who might be willing to have a flag signing event in their communities on Canada Day 2010.   I was honored that 6 cities decided to particpate.  Upon completion of the flags in the local communities, I had the signed flags sent to me 1 month before the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.

My son Ben and I traveled to New York City with the signed flags, and arrived the day before the 10th Anniversary of 9/11.  Unpon arriving, we made arrangements to be dropped off close to ground zero.  I was fortunate to meet near ground zero the head of the New York Parametics, who offered take Ben and myself to the closest fire hall to gound zero.  I then presented my first flag to him while CBC National news was interviewing.  I then presented the second flag to Ladder 10 Fire Hall accross the street from ground zero.  Canadian CBC National News, Canadian Press and other Networks interviewd me after I presented the signed flag as a Canadian Tribute.  My next stop was the Ladder 8 which was the firehall in the  famous Ghost Buster movie.  I presented Ladder 8 with the 3rd Flag. I then continued to other New York Fire Halls presenting signed flags from Canadians and First Reponders.  All the New York Firemen, Paramedics, and other first reponders were deeply moved by our Canadian comemoration to the tragic events on that sunny day 10 years earlier.

 

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Ben and I in New York City in front of the famous Ghost Buster Firehall which Ladder 8


 
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Flag Presentation at Ghost Buster Firehall