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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Day of Anticipation

WHAT AN AMAZING DAY! This little thing happened in my town today, it is called the Olympic Torch Relay; only the longest domestic relay in Olympic history. The flame was first lit in Greece on October 22nd, 2009, and since then has been to the farthest corners of the country. Today is day 104 of the relay, and up until now I've been following it on the live CTV web cam, and watching the highlights of every week, but today I got to see it with my very own eyes. And a great experience it really was!

Bright and early I was at school to great people with tattoos and red hair spray. Just about everyone walking through those front doors was jazzed up in their red, or Olympic wear, it was great to see all the spirit! After the tattoos and red hair spray, we headed off to Deep Cove.

It was absolutely amazing, the amount of people there. I have never seen that many people gathering in the Cove, and the ear-to-ear smiles on everyone's faces were contagious!

Gallant Ave, or as we call it, "Down Town Deep Cove" was decked out with banners up on the townhouse railings which were painted by the art students at Seycove, with the help of the local elementary schools. All the stores had Canadian flags and maple leafs covering their windows, and even the waters were decorated with red and white kayakers.

It was great to see the diversity among the Canadians there to watch. There was a huge group of elementary school kids, our high school students, our parents, and even the senior citizens from up the road. It was so nice to bring the community together.

After what seemed like hours of waiting, we see the Coca-Cola trucks rolling around the corner followed by the RBC trucks. On the trucks were dancers, singers, drummers and performers pumping the crowd up. Then we see the official Torch Relay Trucks coming in, and that's when everyone went wild! The Seycove choir started singing O'Canada, and it was like a chain reaction, after the first few words people started joining along and eventually we had just about everyone singing our national anthem. It was a magical moment, just seeing how excited everyone is, and how patriotic we are, I can tell these Games are going to be ones to remember!

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