While it was a blustery and a nippy day rather than being indoors and being in my shell like a tortoise I was outside and enjoying what a Central Alberta day in winter had to offer.
While the snow kept falling down it was pleasant day to be out and about in Coronation Park it was interesting to notice the change in the park in fall and winter with no squirrels chattering and rushing about their daily business and the wonderful canvas of fall gone to ground it was a much more sombre area yet peaceful at the same time.
Did you know that Coronation Park has been a special place for Red Deerians since May 12th , 1937 when King George VI was crowned King of England and Canada. That day in May of 1937 featured ceremonies and parades throughout the City of Red Deer with 2,500 people plus taking part in the festivities. That evening trees were planted to commemorate the King’s coronation. When it came time for Queen Elizabeth the Second’s coronation it was on June 2nd, 1953 the rains were coming down heavily with 21.8 millimeters being recorded on that day halted the festivities taking place outdoors but trees were planted that day on Coronation Crescent soon to be renamed Coronation Park the park has been expanded since then with more trees planted for Her Majesty the Queen’s Silver, Gold & Diamond Jubilees. It is a fitting tribute in the City of Red Deer for the longest ever serving British monarch on the throne.
As the Queen herself so rightly said:
“I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the people of our brotherhood of nations.”
Credit to the City of Red Deer for the wonderful plaque they put up to represent this significant place in Red Deer and Red Deer’s history.