Don’t Let the Flame Go Out!
On Friday, October 30th, Esquimalt will have its brush with glory. We will be part of an event that only a very few of the world’s communities get to experience.
Pursuing the 2010 Olympics has certainly had its share of controversy. The decision to host the Games was one that divided us as a province. Love it or hate it, hosting the world in 2010 is now very much a reality. We are doing it. We are moving forward. We have much to be proud of as a nation and as a province. We have much to showcase to the world.
The time has come to rid ourselves of the negativity that some would like to define our Olympic experience.
The time has come to embrace this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, an occasion that will begin right here in our own backyard on October 30th.
There will be something for the whole family to enjoy as Greater Victoria celebrates the launch of the nation-wide Olympic Torch Relay for the 2010 Winter Games.
Esquimalt will be a part of the action. We have a strong and proud spirit, one that will be on display as we partake as an official route community. Everyone from our Mayor to our youngest residents are actively encouraging us all to line the streets in our patriotic Canadian red and white attire.
Celebration stations are planned at Memorial Park and at L’ecole Brodeur School this Friday, October 30th between 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Our municipality’s website has announced that Esquimalt’s celebration stations will feature music, entertainment, face painting and free Olympic Torch Flag souvenirs. We will gather as a community along the torch route and “get a front row seat to a truly inspirational Olympic moment.”
At that defining moment, for the first time in our town’s history, Esquimalt will be joining a special group of global communities that have hosted the running of the Olympic Torch. Most places in the world will never have this opportunity. For those fortunate enough to be a part of the Olympic experience, it only comes once in a lifetime. Let’s not let life pass us by. Instead, let’s seize this chance to cheer as the Olympic flame warms our spirit as a nation, a province, and a community.