Monday, April 7, 2014

Canadian Symbols

The Coat of Arms of Canada
By Abi, Mia, Jaylah

The coat of arms is a unique heraldic design. It was used by medieval knights to cover, protect, and identify. The colours can trace their history to the first crusade of the 11th century. The various parts of the coat of arms have different meanings like crown standing for Canada being a constitutional monarchy or and crest standing for the sovereignty of Canada or supporters stand for Canada’s option to oppression. The lion and the unicorn on the crest represent the United Kingdom. The coat of arms is a symbol of a collection usually represented upon a shield that indicates the traits of a particular family. It is a practice called heraldry which includes researching and describing traits of the coat of arms and recording them for a reference.  The wording on the coat of arms means From Sea to Sea. 
Parliament Buildings
By Olivia, Rheya

Canada’s parliament buildings are home to the federal government in Ottawa
In 1841 Quebec and Ontario joined and became Canada. The Parliament Buildings are located in Ottawa. Queen Victoria chose Ottawa to be a capital city. The center east and west blocks of parliament were built from 1859 to 1866. On February 3 1916 a small fire started in the Commons Reading room at 9pm. Irreplaceable books were lost. The fire grew and killed 7 people. It was not fully rebuilt in until 1922.
Peace Tower
By Cody, Denyce, Stewart

The Peace Tower is located in the middle of the center block of Parliament. The Construction started on the 24th of July 1916 and was completed on the 1st of July 1927. It took 12 years to build. The Peace Tower flag is changed every day so it doesn’t get dirty except the holidays. The Peace Tower was built for the men and women who were killed in the First World War. The Peace Tower was built by a man named Henry Meroe.  The Peace Tower is 295 feet tall.
The National Anthem
Andrew, Cameron C., Hunter, and Cameron B.

O’ Canada is the Canadian National Anthem. Originally it was a French Canadian Anthem. Robert Stanley Weir wrote another version with English Lyrics. The lyrics originated in French. It was first sung June 24 1880. It did not become the official Canadian anthem until June 1 1980. The French lyrics made by Adolphe-Basile Reuther.  
Official Lyrics of O Canada!
Lyrics O Canada (English version)
O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
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.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
 O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
Lyrics O Canada (French version)
 « O Canada! Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. »

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