Canada Strong and Free

Photo Credit : Adam Pass

My personal blog is Vegas Reviews and it signifies my passion for Las Vegas. It expresses the fun and freedom my wife and I have in Vegas since our very first stay, way back in the 1980’s. Thirty-four years later we are still going strong. You might say we are “Vegas Lovers“.

But today I would like to make a statement in regards to what has been happening in Canada this past week.

First and foremost I’m very proud to be a Canadian.

To all Canadians this week has truly been a sad one, with radicals tearing at the very fabric of who we represent – democracy and freedom.

Our hearts pour out for the tragic loss of fellow Canadians, Corporal Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent. We will still strive to live strong and free in spite of these cowardly acts by terrorist individuals.

I would like to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his determination in eliminating these threats on Canadian soil and for Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, who is a hero for shooting the assailant. I trust in our Prime Minister’s judgement and I agree,”Canada will never be intimidated.”

My praise goes out to all world leaders for standing behind us, offering their support to Canada, such as :

President Obama,” We are going to do everything we can to make sure we are standing side-by-side with Canada during this difficult time,”

British Prime Minister David Cameron, “I’m appalled by today’s attack in Ottawa,”

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said,” Today, we stand shoulder to shoulder with our Canadian comrades in defiance and resolution. We stand for freedom and for the right of all people in all places to choose their way of life and their way of worship. We always have, and we always will.”

Throughout the world more support came in, from Queen Elizabeth II , Gen. Chuck Jacoby, commander of NORAD, New Zealand Prime Minister John, along with Israel and The Chinese Embassy. And last, but not least, the grand thoughtful gesture by Pittsburgh Penguins and fans, who took a moment to sing our Canadian anthem.

Canadians love their hockey and with Pittsburgh Penguins and fans to take this extra time to express their support, touches the hearts of all Canadians.

I cherish all my American friends and will never take it lightly.

United States of America is a wonderful country and each time I visit, talking to the people, I find to be warm and accommodating. They, like us Canadians, are proud of their country striving for the same moral convictions, fighting for freedom and the democracy of who we all stand for.

Just recently, one of my friends I met on Facebook, Adam Pass from Montgomery, New York, hit it “right on the mark” when he released his latest photograph, which you see posted.

To me his photo of the “Black Maple Leaf” signifies Canada has been tarnished but stands together in strong unity, fondly hinting of the famous characters of Superman or Batman.

As a freelance screenwriter, my wild imagination of fictional stories are pressed into my thoughts and I must write them down. This past week is also seared into my brain, knowing all to well the cost of our freedom.

Our misfortunes doesn’t even come close to what our friends in America have been through. So, when something like this happens, they are well aware of the costs and are there ready to help.

Canada knows the commonwealth of world leaders are also ready at a moments notice. You see, it’s not just about Canada. It’s the fabric of our freedom across many Nations!

And let’s not forget, “least we forget”, all the men and women in the Armed Forces who have fought to keep our freedom.

Here, in Canada,” …With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee…”

Canada is and always will be STRONG & FREE.

By Bari Demers