Should we Change the Name of Victoria Day? Another Assault on Dead People?

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Should we Change the Name of Victoria Day? Another Assault on Dead People?

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I just saw someone bashing Victoria Day again! Do the politically correct “do gooders” managing the grievance industry ever take a holiday? Can we not just leave our national traditions alone and stop cowering to the faction of people who want to rewrite history?

The way things happened is fact, and you can’t change it by renaming, or spinning the facts, to try and exorcise some perceived guilt for the way events of the past played out.

One thing that seems to happen every year on Victoria Day is the gas price seems to go up for the beginning of the summer season. Any bets that before the cars came along, the politicians raised the price of hay and oats for the horses pulling the buggies?

A 2015 survey of 1,000 people by Canadian family history website Ancestry.ca suggests that almost half of the respondents didn’t know why Canada celebrates Victoria Day. But a lot of those 1000 people do know it’s Bob Dylan’s birthday on May 24th. Oh well…maybe if we called it “2-4 day” more people would be informed.

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Break out the “Wisers” and God save the Queen!

Photos of The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum in Carleton Place, ON.

Photos from the new display  Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage MuseumA Valley Town at Confederation. Summer hours are Monday through Saturday 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays 1 pm – 4 pm.

 

 

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Wendy LeBlanc— Linda, I’m glad you gave me an opportunity to tell you about our 24th of May celebrations when I was a kid. Of course we all chanted from one end of the day to the other, “The 24th of May is the Queen’s birthday/ If we don’t get a holiday, we’ll all run away!”. At dusk on the holiday Monday night. the neighbourhood families gathered on the then – empty lot on the east corner of George and James Streets. Everyone contributed to the fireworks, and we all looked forward to the grand finale – the burning schoolhouse. It was the only time of the year we had fireworks, although someone from the neighbourhood always seemed to be letting off the small red firecrackers that could be bought all year round.
Can’t imagine why anyone would want to change the name. Maybe if they knew why it is called that ….?

Linda Gallipeau-Johnston-Right there with you Wendy! 24th of May was always such a bit deal for us as kids. Is this change just for the sake of change?

Amanda ArmstrongIt always angers me so much when I see people demanding a name change, or bashing Victoria. I’ve been studying Royal history for 21 years now, though I’ve mainly focused on the Tudors, Victoria will always be my favorite Queen. It also angers me during this time when people refer to her as “Canada’s German Queen” and boast that she is German born. This is false, and anyone who took a history lesson would know this.

While both her parents were German born, she however was born and raised in London. She of course spoke German, as well as French, Italian and Latin. But her primary language at home was only English. And despite her German heritage, she never inherited the throne in Germany. That role was passed onto her Father’s younger brother, Duke of Cumberland and Taviotdale, because Salic Law excluded women from the Hanoverian succession.

The fact Victoria even inherited the throne in Britain, was all by chance. She was 5th in line. With the deaths of her Grandfather and Father within a week of each other, as well as her Father’s 3 elder Brothers dying with no heirs, she became Queen. (That’d be like Prince Harry becoming King today).

Her era brought us so much change, including of course the Industrial age. Even the way we celebrate Christmas, is because of her & Albert’s German heritage (OK obviously without all the commercialism). She loved Canada dearly, and even her son Prince Arthur was the Governor General of Canada (Side note: Following WWI, Arthur commissioned a stained glass window in memory of the fallen Canadians. It’s located in St. Bartholomew’s Church in Ottawa where he & his family regularly attended).

Everyone remembers the old, overweight, shrouded in black woman, who deeply mourned the loss of her husband (Can you blame her, he was the love of her life!). But Victoria was a smart, vivacious, brave young woman who became Queen at only 18 (She was also incredibly sexual, which can be seen with how many children she had. Considering the stigma against women, good for her!). She survived many assassination attempts, and never backed down. The tradition of a White Wedding dress started when she wore White to her own. She encouraged international trade of different technologies, which took place at The Great Exhibiton that she & Albert started. There were also great Scientific advancements, and cultural progress within the UK. Among so much more. Without her, who knows if we would’ve had all this. And with that, she deserves to have her Birthday celebrated, just as any other great man or woman.

Did she marry her cousin? Yep. But I can name folks around today who have as well, big deal. Did she have her faults, and unpleasant sides? Of course. What human being doesn’t? Who she was in public or private, and what she did in either case, has nothing to do with how our Government is today. And as Canadians, we always pride ourselves on our traditions, so why should this be any different?

Does celebrating this incredible woman’s life make me one of the dreaded “Royalist”? Sure, and I’m not ashamed of that. I love history, I love traditions, and I love Queen Victoria. Vivat Regina

 

Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place.

Information where you can buy all Linda Seccaspina’s books-You can also read Linda in The Townships Sun and Screamin’ Mamas (USA)

 

relatedreading

 

What Didn’t You Know? The New Town Hall August 1897

Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 8– It was 1963

Community Facts You Might Not Know About Carleton Place for our 150th Birthday – Part 9– It was 1903!

 

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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