August 10 (Friday)
The big Rockhound Gemboree weekend has come and gone and, while it was here, the Canadian flag above our war memorial here in Bancroft was flying faded and torn — but not unnoticed.
I spoke of its sad state of affairs here, in this spot, two weeks ago, and nothing changed.
Then the Bancroft Times, just last Thursday, published an editorial decrying the condition of the Canadian flag flying over our cenotaph.
Again, nothing changed.
On the most important tourist weekend of the summer, with thousands descending upon this Mineral Capital of Canada, the flag honouring our veterans and our men and women overseas in far-off Afghanistan was a disgrace.
Not hearing my commentary is one thing. But not seeing the editorial in the Bancroft Times is another. Still, unbelievably, nothing was done.
Instead of seeing a bright red-and-white Canadian flag reflecting pride in country, tourists who happened to wander by were no doubt wondering how a faded and torn flag could be flying over the cenotaph of a town that is so rightfully home-town proud in so many other ways.
It wasn’t until Monday, in fact, that a new one finally went up.
There is an old expression: Too little too late.
In this case, sadly, was a little too late.
For Moose-FM. I’m Mark Bonokoski.