2nd June (’22): Decoration Day [Canada]

Decoration Day is a Canadian holiday that recognizes veterans of Canada’s military. The holiday has mostly been eclipsed by the similar Remembrance Day.

Decoration Day began on 2 June 1890. Originally, the celebration served as a form of protest for veterans of the Battle of Ridgeway who felt that their contributions to the protection of Canada during the Fenian Raids were being overlooked by the government. The veterans placed decorations at the Canadian Volunteers Monument near Queen’s Park in Toronto on the anniversary of the battle. There were thirty thousand participants in 1891, the 25th anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway, and up to fifty thousand watched the accompanying parade. This became an annual event, taking place on the weekend nearest the original date and accumulating more participants as further conflicts resulted in a larger body of Canadian veterans. Participants included veterans of the Fenian Raids, the North-West Rebellion, the Second Boer War, and the First World War.

The actions of the Fenian veterans resulted in the British creation of service medals recognizing participants in the pre-First World War Canadian conflicts. Canada provided compensation to veterans of the rebellions, but not the Fenian raids; Ontario did provide some recognition at the provincial level. Commemoration of Decoration Day became less prominent in the early 1900s, although it returned to some prominence when the First World War began. A Ridgeway monument was created in 1916 and made a National Historic Battlefield in 1921. In 1931, the Armistice Remembrance Day Act established 11 November (Remembrance Day) as the official day commemorating military service in Canada. However, some recognition of Decoration Day persists.

2nd June (’22): Republic Day [Italy]

Festa della Repubblica (Italian: [ˈfɛsta della reˈpubblika]; English: Republic Day) is the Italian National Day and Republic Day, which is celebrated on 2 June each year, with the main celebration taking place in Rome. The Festa della Repubblica is one of the national symbols of Italy.

The day commemorates the institutional referendum held by universal suffrage in 1946, in which the Italian people were called to the polls to decide on the form of government following the Second World War and the fall of Fascism.

The ceremony of the event, organized in Rome, includes the deposition of a laurel wreath as a tribute to the Italian Unknown Soldier at the Altare della Patria by the President of the Italian Republic and a military parade along Via dei Fori Imperiali in Rome.

♬ Alok & Alan Walker (feat. KIDDO) – Headlights

LYRIC

Oh, oh, I’m gonna use every heartbeat
Oh, oh, today not tomorrow
Oh, oh, I’m gonna disobey
Oh, oh, far from the shallows
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Blinded by, blinded by headlights
Running in, running in headlights
Light me up, light me up, headlights
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Blinded by, blinded by headlights
Running in, running in headlights
Light me up, light me up, headlights
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Oh, oh, I got a taste of the good life
Oh, oh, I’m never letting go
Oh, I’m a cat, gotta use all my nine lives
Whoa, oh, I’m gonna do it all
And oh, I’m tipping on the edge
And oh, I don’t wanna be scared
And oh, don’t you pull the brakes
And oh, just take me all the way
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Blinded by, blinded by headlights
Running in, running in headlights
Light me up, light me up, headlights
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Blinded by, blinded by headlights
Running in, running in headlights
Light me up, light me up, headlights
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Baby, I’m all about headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights
Headlights, headlights, headlights

Field Notes: Texas Flycatchers — Wickersham’s Conscience

This post is for WC’s friend, Nils Warnock, a consummate birder. He has forgotten more about birds and birding than WC will ever learn. He has carte blanc to correct all of WC’s errors. To misquote Calvin and Hobbs, there are about a bazillion flycatchers. Among the Tyrannidae, the New World’s Tyrant Flycatchers alone, there […]

Field Notes: Texas Flycatchers — Wickersham’s Conscience