TICONDEROGA, N.Y. — The mayor of this historic town just outside Fort Ticonderoga proclaimed June 24 “Canada’s Oneness-Heart Day” in honour of the Canadian running team. The Canadian runners passed through Ticonderoga during a 500-mile relay run from Parliament Hill in Ottawa to the Statue of Liberty.

Members of Canada’s Oneness-Heart carried out the run to salute the American Bicentennial and the Liberty Torch runners.

Besides bearing a flaming torch, the Canadian runners brought letters of friendship and Bicentennial good wishes from Prime Minister Trudeau and other Ottawa officials.

During their own 500-mile relay, the Canadian runners received proclamations, medallions and other awards from various towns and cities including Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Saranac Lake, N.Y.

The Canadian run concluded June 26 at the Statue of Liberty, where the Canada’s Oneness-Heart and Liberty Torch runners had a special ceremony with Sri Chinmoy.

Sri Chinmoy told the Canadian runners, “History will bear witness to the supreme fact that Canada is not for Canada. Canada is for America as well; nay, Canada is for the length and breadth of the entire world.”

Published in Anahata Nada, Vol. 3, No. 5, July 1, 1976