Edmonton couple known for patriotism celebrate 2020 with Canadian flag display

Sanjeev and Sangeeta Chawla are celebrating 2020 with a display honouring Canada. Dave Carels / Global News

A pair of Edmontonians used the dawn of a new decade as an opportunity to share their love of Canada.

Sanjeev Chawla and his wife Sangeeta, who immigrated to Canada from India, created a flag display at Oliver School.

“We made Canada our home 15 years ago,” said Sanjeev. The pair set up the display early Wednesday.

The Chawlas have made creating Canadian-themed displays at the school a tradition.┬áIn 2014, they unveiled the largest Canadian flag in the province’s history there. Then, in 2015, they set up a display for the 50th anniversary of the Canadian flag. In 2017 they celebrated Canada’s 150 anniversary of confederation.

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“‘It’s quite natural for us to do all this,” Sanjeev said. “We always wish our family, friends, relatives a [happy] New Year. Why not wish all our Canadians from coast to coast a very happy new year and a very happy new decade?”

The 2020 display features about 400 miniature flags, spelling out “Canada 2020, Happy New Year.”

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Sanjeev and Sangeeta Chawla set up a special display at Oliver School to honour the start of a new decade. Dave Carels / Global News
Around 400 miniature Canadian flags were used in the display. Dave Carels / Global News

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