Pride flag raised at Lamoureux Park Clock Tower

Cornwall Parks and Landscaping employee Cameron Lecompte helps Mayor Bernadette Clement raise the Pride Flag at the Lamoureux Park Clock Tower on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The flag raising for Diversity Cornwall marks a special anniversary -- 50 years since the partial decriminalization of homosexuality. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – The Pride Flag, also known as the Diversity Flag, is flying over the Clock Tower in Lamoureux Park.

Officials held a flag raising this afternoon (Thursday) after the act was endorsed by city council on Monday. The flag would have normally been flown at the justice building at 340 Pitt Street but the area is under construction.

Mayor Bernadette Clement told the gathering that raising the pride flag gives the community more hope it can be inclusive.

“We’d actually really like to have a couple thousand more people move here. So the whole idea of being welcoming, well this is part of it,” Clement said.

She also praised Diversity Cornwall for its help in the community.

“You hold the hands of people who need their hands held so that we can all feel like we fit in and that we belong at this party that we call Cornwall,” Clement said during an anecdote about dancing in her kitchen to the song I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber.

Tuesday (May 14) marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in Canada and Diversity Cornwall organizers were hoping to be part of a 50 city flag raising.