The recent flood in Alberta did little to dampen Canada Day spirits in the province, as residents everywhere from High River and Canmore to Calgary, celebrated the Canadian pride that brought them together.
A resident in High River, one of the worst hit areas after the flood, proudly displayed a Canadian flag over debris.
— Tamara Woolgar (@PrairieInkPR) July 1, 2013
"Where else but Canmore would most popular float in Canada Day parade be front-end loader with its bucket full of rocks," asked Paul Thompson on Twitter, referring to a symbol of the clean-up efforts in the town.
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Premier Alison Redford also publicly thanked Canadians for offering support to the province.
“Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts,” Redford said in the video. “Whether it’s Red Cross volunteers from Newfoundland, social workers from Guelph (Ont.), dog trainers from Kelowna (B.C.) who provided food for search and rescue dogs, the important time and money Canadians poured into the Red Cross to help us rebuild.”
”On this Canada Day we are so grateful to be part of a Canadian community,” she added.
Redford made stops across Alberta including Edmonton, Calgary and a pancake breakfast at the fire hall in the community of Blackie, Alberta where some High River flood evacuees are staying.
Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi attended a citizenship ceremony at Heritage Park before heading to Shaw Millennium park and Olympic Plaza for Canada Day events in the city.
"Yes, I wept at the citizenship ceremony," he confessed on Twitter.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper said those in Alberta set an example for all Canadians.
"When floods forced so many from their homes, communities dug deep, neighbours helped neighbours and people sheltered complete strangers," Harper said in his speech.
"That's the spirit that makes Canada the best country in the world. The best, bar none."
With files from The Canadian Press