We stand with Ukraine

Drivers crossing the Macdonald Bridge will notice a new flag flying atop the Dartmouth tower.

Several months ago, identifying the flag might have been a tricky trivia question, but since the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in February, many organizations have taken to flying the blue and yellow national flag as a gesture of support.

“We fly a very limited number of flags from our towers. The spot is reserved for only the most important occasions and to show our support for causes that touch the lives of every Canadian,” said Steve Snider, General Manager & CEO of Halifax Harbour Bridges.

For decades. the highly visible position on the 100-metre towers was reserved exclusively for the Canadian flag, but in the last two years, the Nova Scotia flag was from the tower along with flags recognizing Emancipation Day on Aug. 1 and the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, this year set for September 30.

“Hanging the flag of another country is not something we would normally consider, but this is a special case,” said Snider. “The idea came from our staff and there was a quick a consensus that this was a small gesture we could make to support Ukrainian Canadians who are worried about their friends and family. It also serves as a friendly welcome to the 6,000 Ukrainian immigrants who have arrived in Canada since the beginning of the year.”

Traditional-sized Ukrainian flags have been flown on flagpoles near the two Halifax harbour toll plazas since early March, but the 20-foot by 40-foot flag was raised on the bridge in late April once it delivered and conditions for installing it were favourable.

There are more than 9,000 people of Ukrainian heritage living in Nova Scotia.

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