As part of the tour to France, the contingent participated in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. This service has been held every day since 1928, except when the city was occupied during WWII.
We were honoured that 2Lt Alexandre Leger was invited to play the Lament for the ceremony.
Our friend Francois Lepoint prepared a video and photo montage which can be seen by following this link:
On September 1-2 Maj (ret’d) Roger Laplante, 2Lt Alexandre Leger, Cpl David Harding and Cpl Afton Maisonneuve will be representing the Regimental Family in France at services commemorating the awarding of the Victoria Cross to Pte Nunney of the 38th Bn CEF, a predecessor unit of the Camerons.
The village of Vis-en-Artois, where Pte Nunney earned his VC, are dedicating a portion of the highway which was the centre of the axis of advance for the 38th “Canada’s Highway of Heroes/Voie Sacree du Canada”. In addition, the village is naming a small square “Place du 38Bn FEC” and erecting a plaque there in Pte Nunney’s honour.
The party will be visiting Pte Nunney’s grave as well as other cemeteries where members of the 38th are buried. As well they will be visiting Vimy, Passchendaele and Ypres.
On December 2, 2015 the Pipes and Drums presented a concert at St Giles Presbyterian Church (the Regimental Church) to assist the congregation in raising food and funds for the Centre Town Emergency Food Centre.
The concert has become an annual event and participation this year was excellent.
Following is a letter received from the Centre Town Emergency Food Centre.
On December 19th, former Private Alfred Brooks was presented his Legion of Honour medal by LCol. Martial De Reviers, French Liaison Officer at the community hall in Severn Bridge ON. Alf was accompanied by his extended family and his many friends. From the Regiment, LCol Robert Patchett, CO; RSM, MWO Mike Lever, Cpl Chuck Drezin and Pte Zach Dwyer, piper, were in attendance. Representing the Regimental Association, President Jeff Hill. Jeff nominated Alf and orchestrated the event, coordinating with granddaughter Maria to make the presentation of the medal a special moment for Alf and family. Alf and his ‘harem’ have attended the Association Annual Reunion Dinner in Ottawa consistently over the past years. CTV link: http://ow.ly/W7Qxh
LCol. Martial De Reviers presenting the medal.
Seated, left to right: Ass’n president, Jeff Hill, LCol De Reviers and Alf Brooks.
Standing, left to right: Cpl Drezin, LCol Patchett, RSM Lever and Cpl Dwyer
At the Commanding Officer’s parade held October 15th, Bells Corners Branch 593 of the Royal Canadian Legion presented the Foundation with $5000.00 towards the purchase of ceremonial uniforms. Br 593 have supported the Regiment for many years and have become the ‘mess’ for B Coy of the Regiment which is located in Bells Corners. The branch has also served as the location for several BBQs sponsored by the Regimental Association for the troops.
Legion Br593 Bells Corners present cheque for $5000 for ceremonial kit L-R Ben Loiselle, Shawn Taillon, Doug Palmer(Foundation Pres), Freg Quigg (Br President), Ron Henderson, Rick Lemieux
To acknowledge the branch’s association, the Regiment presented it with a Cameron camp flag to fly outside the branch.
Commanding Officer presents camp flag to Br 593 to reflect association between branch Regiment L-R Shawn Taillon, Ron Henderson, LCol Robert Patchett, Fred Quigg (Br President) Rick Lemieux, Ben Loiselle, RSM Mike Lever
This event brings together the extended Cameron Family (all ranks, serving and retired and their families) with volunteers and members of the public to enjoy food and drink and performances of the regiment’s Pipes and Drums Band – to raise money in support of the Regiment’s family.
This year, all proceeds will go our foundation’s Ceremonial Dress Project – to equip The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) 150-person guard, the 40-person band and the colour party to participate in full ceremonial uniforms at major events planned for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
The BBQ usually runs from 11:00 to 17:00 depending on how well the weather, crowd and supplies are holding up. Our Pipes and Drums will team up again with the Pipes and Drums of the Royal Canadian Air Force Band to provide several performances throughout the day.