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Labrador Flag Man continues 35-year tradition

Stedman Dicks has been placing flags on lawns in Labrador City every Canada Day for 35 years.
Stedman Dicks has been placing flags on lawns in Labrador City every Canada Day for 35 years. - Gary Shaw

Stedman Dicks ensures his neighbours have a flag for Canada Day

LABRADOR CITY, N.L. — This story is about a Labrador West resident who has for many years celebrated Canada Day in his own very quiet and unique way.

Stedman Dicks has been in Labrador West for 50 years and has been a long-time resident living on Robertson Ave. in Labrador City.

Stedman will be 77-years-old on his birthday and he continues to quietly do something that matters to him on Canada Day for the past 35 years.

It’s his way of celebrating Canada Day. He gets up at 3 a.m. under the cover of darkness on Canada Day, with an armful of Canadian flags and makes his way up and down Robertson Ave. and MacDonald Street in his neighbourhood.

Each yard gets a flag, placed there by Stedman. Each flag remains as a gift to each family from Stedman in celebration of not only Canada, but much more.

When asked why he has continued his Canada Day flag celebration for so many years, his answer was how he sees things through his lens.

He explained that it was his celebration as well as the nations celebration on the country’s birthday.

“We have great neighbours and friends in our neighbourhood, we have a great community here in Labrador West and a great country,” he said. “It’s my way of saying thanks.”

This is an annual gift Stedman has been giving to his neighbourhood for all of these years with many folks who receive a flag from Stedman never knowing who does this.

Well Stedman, the jig is up, the folks from the community will know now. Thanks for quietly playing such an important role in making us all be proud Canadians.     

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