Key events in the history of Quebec City



    MONTREAL, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Quebec City has one of the richest
military histories in North America. Its history remains inseparably linked to
the Canadian Forces of the 21st century. As a result, the Canadian Forces is
honoured to present a host of activities to mark the 400th anniversary of the
capital of Quebec.
    Several historical events show to what point the militia, dating from the
Society of New France to the present day, have formed part of its history. The
series of events listed below is only glimpse into what will serve as a basis
for our celebrations.

    1608 - Samuel de Champlain founds Quebec City.

    1609 - The Wendat nation forms a military and commercial alliance with
    Samuel de Champlain.

    November 7, 1683 - The Compagnies franches de la Marine arrives in Quebec
    City.

    1693 - The construction of the Redoute Cap-Diamant by Count Louis de
    Buade de Frontenac, Governor General and Army Chief of New France.

    September 13, 1759 - Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

    April 28, 1760 - Battle of Sainte-Foy.

    1820 - Construction of the Citadel of Quebec begins.

    May 28, 1845 and October 14, 1866 - Assistance from Quebec Garrison
    military forces after the inferno sweeps through the neighbourhoods of
    Saint-Roch and Saint-Jean.

    August 4, 1914 - Opening of the Valcartier Military Camp (more than
    40,000 soldiers from the Canadian Expeditionary Force went through the
    camp).

    June 26, 1921 - After the police and firefighters strike in Quebec City,
    the Royal 22e Régiment receives orders to ensure the security of the
    city.

    August 18, 1943 - First Quebec Conference: Winston Churchill, Franklin
    D Roosevelt and Prime Minister WL Mackenzie King meet in Quebec City to
    sign an agreement on an upcoming landing of allied troops in Europe.

    September 11, 1944 - Second Quebec Conference: Winston Churchill,
    Franklin D Roosevelt and Prime Minister WL Mackenzie King meet again to
    prepare the end of the war.

    July 29, 1984 - Grand military march past by the 5th Canadian Mechanized
    Brigade Group with more than 5,000 troops taking part.

    June 22, 2007 - Joint Task Force Afghanistan Roto 4, made up mostly of
    military members from Quebec, marches through the streets of Quebec City
    before taking off last August.

    Throughout the year 2008, the Canadian Forces in Quebec will celebrate
their military heritage in cooperation with several other Departments and in
coordination with the Société du 400e anniversaire de la fondation de la ville
de Québec. On September 24, the Canadian Forces will unveil their program as
part of Quebec City's 400th anniversary festivities.

    Information on the official announcement will be published on Friday,
September 21.




For further information:

For further information: contact the Public Affairs Office of Land Force
Quebec Area Headquarters and Joint Task Force (East), (514) 252-2777 ext.
4467


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