O Canada, Our Canada: Windsor's Great Canadian Flag Project becomes a reality

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Windsor Star/Dalson Chen

Windsor’s Great Canadian Flag Project has finally become a reality, and the city’s riverfront will be looking a lot more patriotic for generations to come.

Thousands gathered at the foot of Ouellette Avenue and Riverside Drive on Saturday morning to witness the long-awaited raising of the giant red-and-white maple leaf.

“How do ya like that pole?” asked an emotional Peter Hrastovec, chairman of the Great Canadian Flag Project.

A team of flag carriers — including Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, and CLarol the Clown — helped keep the 1,800-square-foot, 100-pound symbol off the ground until the pole’s electrically powered internal mechanism hoisted it into place.

Sunny skies and a strong easterly wind allowed the flag to unfurl in a picture-perfect manner 150 feet above the riverfront — reflected upon the windows of the Chrysler building at One Riverside Drive.

“To see that reflection was just awesome,” Hrastovec said. [ Read More ]