Bob White is hoping his fellow Salmon Arm residents will join him in singing the national anthem at noon on Sundays until the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end. (File photo)

Salmon Arm senior encourages unity against COVID-19 by singing national anthem

Bob White asks that residents step outside Sundays at noon to sing O Canada.

Bob White hopes to hear his fellow Salmon Arm residents join him on Sundays in singing the national anthem.

Many people in the community have already made it a 7 p.m. ritual to bang pots and pans and make noise in support of those employed in healthcare and other essential services. White said he recently learned of another thing people are doing to demonstrate how we’re all in the fight against COVID-19 together: singing O Canada.

“I thought it was a good thing and I’m trying to encourage it,” said White, who joined his neighbours outside last weekend to get it started. “It was actually a nice sunny day and the neighbours stayed out for a bit of socializing with each other, all staying a few feet apart of course.”

Read more: Gratitude parade offers thanks and support to Salmon Arm’s essential workers

Read more: Kids of North Okanagan’s essential workers supported

An avid football fan, White said when people were done singing he was ready for a kickoff.

“I said it just felt like it – We all cheered after we sang, just like at a football game or a hockey game,” said White.“It’s all in good cheer like that.”

White is hopeful others will join in singing the national anthem from their homes at noon on Sundays until the COVID-19 crisis comes to an end.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

CoronavirusSalmon Arm

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Township of Spallumcheen opens office to public again

Protocols in place but you can do business in office if you so choose

North Okanagan Minor Lacrosse cancels box season

COVID-19 wipes out indoor lacrosse; group hopeful outdoor field season will start in August

Vancouver Foundation grants benefit Okanagan-Shuswap residents

Grants of up to $500 available for ideas that connect people socially or involve sharing skills

Water quality advisory rescinded for Killiney Beach customers

Turbidity levels improve enough to rescind advisory issued May 11

UPDATED: Two sent to hospital by air ambulance following Enderby highway accident

Drivers involved in collision on Highway 97A in Enderby; serious, but not life-threatening injuries

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

RCMP facing ‘systemic sustainability challenges’ due to provincial policing role

Provinces, territories and municipalities pay anywhere from 70 to 90 per cent of the cost of the RCMP’s services

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Summerland once had Old English theme

Design guidelines were introduced in late 1980s

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read