Getting set to raise the rainbow flag in front of town hall last year were, left to right, Janet Hammock, leader of the local PFLAG chapter, Sackville Mayor Bob Berry, and Kate Phillips, president of Catalyst, Mount Allison University’s queer/straight alliance. TOWER PHOTOS
SACKVILLE, N.B. – The Town of Sackville, the Sackville NB/Amherst NS Chapter of PFLAG Canada, and Catalyst, Mount Allison University's Queer/Straight Alliance are inviting area residents to join with them in celebration at the second annual rainbow flag-raising in the Town of Sackville on Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at noon in front of town hall, which is located at 31 Main Street.
The short ceremony will be a joyous celebration of diversity and pride. Everyone is welcome. Mayor Bob Berry will read the proclamation, followed by short speeches by Rev. Eldon Hay, C.M., Janet Hammock (PFLAG), Nicole Forbes (Catalyst) and Layton Fisher. A performance of the pride song, We Found Our Place, written especially for our ceremony by Canadian composer Alasdair MacLean, will be sung by Sackville soprano Helen Pridmore. A pride cake and cold beverages will be served at the conclusion of the ceremony.
The tremendous significance of the rainbow flag-raising ceremony to the GLBT community cannot be underestimated. For so many years, people who were gay were hidden from view, branded as criminals or as mentally ill. It has been a long, hard road up from this terrible state of affairs; because of the dedicated work of many people, both gay and straight, GBLT citizens have achieved their rightful place as equals – in responsibilities and benefits – in society. The rainbow flag-raising is a celebration of this victory, one that is shared by all members of society, regardless of gender or sexuality.