Canadians embrace the Maple Leaf
with a passion we no longer hide.
Flags unfurl, rise and wave and
voices sing with pride.
From sea to sea, our native land
is rich in peace and glory.
Many cultures blend with faith
- all telling a story
Of identity, freedom, powerful
gifts building a strong foundation
For Canada. It's yours; it's mine;
and the future generation
Will be richer because we chose
to show - not shyly keep inside -
The pride that we're Canadian and
We'll wave our flag for Canada,
building for our children
Respect for their country, its
beauty and grace - CANADA, so close to heaven.
Joan Adams Burchell