Vancouverties have been stepping outside each night to cheer for health care workers and first responders from their balconies, backyards, and doorsteps. However, the applause sounded a bit different in one neighbourhood last night.
Fire Chief Darrell Reid shared a video on March 29 to his Twitter account of his neighbours adding a unique twist to the 7 p.m. ritual: the Canadian national anthem.
Reid filmed the video from the balcony of his Mount Pleasant condo, as a chorus of people in the area proudly sang "Oh Canada."
"Tonight my awesome neighbours added Oh Canada to the end of the 7 p.m. celebration of health care workers and first responders," wrote Reid.
"What a unique way to meet neighbours!"
Reid also remarked that everyone is "alone together."
Tonight my awesome neighbours added #OhCanada to the end of the 7 pm celebration of #HealthCareWorkers & #FirstResponders!— Fire Chief Darrell Reid (@FireChiefReid) March 30, 2020
What a unique way to meet neighbours!
We are all alone together #Vancouver🇨🇦!#Covid_19 #coronavirus @CityofVancouver @VanFireRescue @IAFF18 pic.twitter.com/M9IIs9JWiL
A number of people commented on the video, and a few of them said that it brought them to tears. One person stated how, "We're Canadians, we'll get through this."
Deputy Fire Chief Rob Martin commented: "Goosebumps bigger than olympic gold medal ceremonies. I'm so proud of Canadians and our response to this challenge. Stay safe Chief, thanks for sharing messages that fill our cup."
Have a look through some other awesome nightly cheers from around the city.