Here’s to “The Maple Leaf Forever” & the veterans who made it so

Canada’s first unofficial national anthem – “The Maple Leaf Forever” – was penned by Alexander Muir (1830-1906), principal of Leslieville Public School.  Legend has it that he was inspired by a stately maple tree at the corner of Memory Lane and Laing Street in the Leslieville neighbourhood. “The Maple Leaf Forever” is the official regimental march of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, and the Royal Westminister Regiment.  The Maple Leaf Forever Park (PHOTO BELOW) is in LESLIEVILLE.“THE MAPLE LEAF FOREVER”
In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,
Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came
And planted firm Britannia’s flag
On Canada’s fair domain.
Here may it wave, our boast our pride
And, joined in love together,
The thistle, shamrock, rose entwine
The Maple Leaf forever!Chorus:
The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear,
The Maple Leaf forever!
God save our Queen and Heaven bless
The Maple Leaf forever!<PHOTO ABOVE – Maple Leaf Forever Park, Leslieville>  Unfortunately, the official Maple Leaf Forever tree is no more.  It crashed down in a windstorm on Friday night, July 19/2013.