Though storm clouds threatened it meant nothing to Harrow folks this past weekend as they sat anxiously awaiting the City parade. Individuals of all ages stood on the side lines ready to celebrate Essex, Harrow and Colchester cities.
An African Proverb claims it takes a village to raise a child but it takes a wealth of volunteers and their gifts of time to truly enrich a community. To that end I had a particular interest in the Southern Ontario Military Muster ("SOMM") Float and its volunteers. See SOMM's website attached: http://militarymuster.ca/.
The SOMM volunteers are extremely dedicated. Not just in word, but in deed. Interviewing Jason, a SOMM member I was enlightened how deeply the sense of dedication runs. I asked Jason what his hope was for the SOMM float in the parade. He responded exposure but he, like all SOMM members, is dedicated to supporting veterans and educating youth. He spoke candidly and emotionally about the joy he feels seeing smiles on the Veterans’ faces when they are acknowledged. Jason opined he sees a child like quality and a sense of joy in our Veterans during these times.
Speaking of feeling like a kid again seeing a clown in the Harrow Street Parade reminded me of marching in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, Detroit, Michigan as a clown. While the Harrow Parade is not nearly that size it makes up for it in “heart” and a sense of pride showing in community members.
SOMM Member Jason understands the significance of shouldering the responsibility of educating youth. He, himself has children. Jason is certainly a dedicated member of the SOMM Organization. Apparently his employer, Moir Crane is an invested commercial donator, as well. He lent Jason his newest commercial vehicle trailer, only two months old to use in the parade. To hear the members of SOMM speak I know they understand the significance of this employer’s contribution. That’s refreshing and a company worth getting to know. Attached kindly find the link to Moir-Ferriss Crane: http://www.profilecanada.com/companydetail.cfm?company=157715_Moir_Crane....
While preparing to enter the parade SOMM’s float members kept busy polishing the flatbed trailer the military vehicles sat on. One of its members, Linda Iler, was present and it was her birthday. Linda was given a happy birthday rendition by Bag Pipe Expert Player Jody Tweeney (Scottish Society Windsor Pipe Band) right there on the flatbed trailer. The Parade music also had zest and we were able to watch the Kingsville Essex Associated Band perform. This band is Canada’s “Longest Running Community Marching Band”. A well disciplined band with great talent. I am certain my former Drum Major daughter would agree.
The parade turned out many local residents and then some. Floats by sponsors from Essex, Harrow and Colchester filled the parade. We were blessed to see some major farm equipment. One acquires an affinity for the equipment when the obstacle doesn’t present a traffic obstacle trying to travel County Road 8 to work
The parade was hugely supported by Harrow’s community and it showcased the Collective Society Belief system (“team”) Canada is known for.
As I stood on the side lines watching the parade fade I realized I had just had another memorable event added to my Summer Vacation, 2013. A big thank you to SOMM and the City of Harrow for the 159th Harrow Fair. It’s reputation is far reaching and a historical event all communities should be so blessed to have. One thing for certain even in these changing times and societies Canada has maintained a strong reputation for its sense of community dating back to early history. The Harrow Fair is yet another example of a fine Canadian tradition.
"Canada is a broad land -- broad in mind, broad in spirit, and broad in physical expanse." – United States Former President Harry Truman – 1947.”
Regarding Your Examiner, Corinne Isaacs-Frontiero has written for Examiner since 2009. She has covered many topics in her columns: Divorce, dating and parenting, Canine Consideration, maintained a Mental Health column and has recently returned to her Toronto Military Children column. To that end, should you know of an individual seeking to share a military story be it Canadian or American please contact Corinne @ firstname.lastname@example.org. Corinne’s recent accomplishment is the publication of the children’s pictoral “Be Proud You are Canadian” being released Fall, 2013. Corinne is also a contributor to Kevin McNamara’s 2013 "From Grief to Inspiration, Stories That Lift and Heal the Heart”, Australia and the United Kingdom. Corinne's other publications may be downloaded and purchased for your E-Reader on Amazon Kindle.com.
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