Two flags

Two flags

Another photo by Felip1.

This is a composite picture of the same house two hours apart on July
first, 2007, a week ago. On the left, you see the traditional
Newfoundland Tricolor flag, the Pink, White and Green from the
nineteenth century. That flag still enjoys a huge popularity, nearly
sixty years after the two countries Newfoundland and Canada joined
together as one, and Newfoundland’s cultural personality and
international identity were largely, if officially, swallowed by
Canada’s. Many people call it the “Republican Flag” of Newfoundland and
homes throughout at least the capital city of St John’s fly it. Most
homes that fly the Tricolor would never fly the Canadian flag. On the
right, you see the Canadian national flag flying on the same house.

July First is a very special day in Newfoundland. For 30-odd years
before 1949, July First was (and still is) Memorial Day in Newfoundland,
a very sad day commemorating the WW1 massacre of Newfoundland troops at
Beaumont-Hamel in France. For the first thirty years of Confederation
(1949-80), Canada’s national day (“Dominion Day” then) was not a garish,
gushy affair, so there was no conflict. But for the past 25 years,
Canada has made July First into a faux-Fourth-of-July for Canadian
patriotism: parties, pancake-turnings by politicians, fireworks, flags,
etc. There is a strong cognitive dissonance among even Canada-patriotic
Newfoundlanders about these facts. Many Newfoundlanders have come to
the workaround that the forenoon is Memorial Day and the rest of the day
is Canada Day. This picture is a perfect example: the Tricolor flew on
this house until noon, when it was replaced by the Canadian flag.

Shot in my Olympus XA on Reala film and melded together, and bordered, in
Paint Shop Pro. Slightly tweaked again for colour in Picasa.

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