Ceremonial Uniforms Project
Each coloured highlander image represents one complete uniform obtained. A total of 50 uniforms are required.
The short term objective is to have 150 soldiers on parade in full ceremonial uniform for 2017. The ultimate objective is to have all members of the Regiment, approximately 200 members, in ceremonial uniforms.
While operational and combat uniforms are funded by the government, the purchase and maintenance of ceremonial uniforms is a Regimental Family responsibility. The Camerons are “Ottawa’s Regiment” and as such are often tasked with supporting events at both the municipal and federal levels within the national capital region.
On April 9, 1917, the 38th Bn CEF, a predecessor regiment, participated in the attack on Vimy Ridge. Capt Thain MacDowell was awarded the Victoria Cross for actions that day. The Regiment will be involved in events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the battle.
Over the Top at Vimy
On July 1, 1867, 325 men of the 43rd ‘Carleton’ Battalion of Infantry, the first of our predecessor regiments, paraded on Parliament Hill during ceremonies to honour the founding of our nation. The Camerons will return to Parliament Hill on July 1, 2017, with as many men as possible to commemorate 150 years of nationhood.
Parliament Hill July 1, 1867
It is expected that the next 3 years will see many formal commemorative ceremonies and it is anticipated that the Regiment will participate in most of them.
Over the past 4 years, the Foundation has been able to provide the Regiment with enough ceremonial uniforms to outfit a 100 man guard as well as providing the Pipes and Drums with new uniforms. The total cost was over $200,000 which was provided by donations from supporters of the Regiment.
The current goal is to provide an additional 50 uniforms by 2017 at an estimated cost of $125,000 with annual goals as follows: for 2015, $50,000 and for 2016, $75,000.
Each uniform consists of a feather bonnet, hackle, cap badge, scarlet tunic, plaid, kilt, hair sporran, diced hose and flashes, spats and identifying unit flashes and badges of rank. The average cost of a new uniform is $2,500.
Our estimated cost of $2500.00 per uniform set is based on prices of individual components within the ceremonial uniform that are increasing and subject to international impacts related to the value of the Canadian dollar, as many items are not available in Canada. This has been particularly evident for feather bonnets with its ostrich feathers, good horse hair sporrans and Cameron pattern material for kilts and plaids that will have a good service life. Many of these items are imported from overseas and also require us to absorb import taxes and brokerage fees as part of the overall cost.
How to Donate
If you would like to assist the Foundation in achieving its goal at this time, click on the Donate Now button below. You will be directed to the CanadaHelps website to process the donation. CanadaHelps is a registered charity established to allow small organizations like the Foundation to process secure payments.
We would also recommend that you visit our Ways to Give page to see other ways in which you can support the Regiment.