|The Loss of a National Treasure - The Maple Leaf Forever...
Posing near the giant maple in the front yard are some of the students of the Ousley School in the farmland near Inwood, Ontario, in June, 1952.
One teacher looked after all 30 odd students from grades one to eight in one room.
When they sang The Maple Leaf Forever inside the school, their exuberant voices carried out the windows and across the fields.
The song was their anthem to their country.
The tallest five, in the back from left to right:
Shirley Burr d, Nancy Murphy,
Ivan Armstrong d.
Front three rows from left:
Calvin Armstrong, Arthur Johnson, Carol Clements d, Fred Goldi,
Nancy Clements, Heidi Goldi,
Richard Johnson, Eileen Brownlee, unk,
Joey Recker fr,
Theresa Wright fr,
Evelyn Wright ba,
Joanne Wilcox ba,
Ina Mae Wilcox fr,
David Recker ba,
Ueli Maier fr,
The song and the maple are gone now, as is the school, and some of the students...
Most never moved far from the part of the country they grew up in. Several are deceased and lie buried not far away.
Though one of the farm boys - an immigrant - stirred by Alexander Muir's patriotic song did move away and sought to seek out and memorialize the people, places, and events of his adopted country.
Sadly, today students no longer sing Alexander Muir's joyous verses, but solemnly intone the dirge-like lament, "Oh, Canada."