Media Advisory - Celebrating 400 years of military heritage together



    QUEBEC CITY, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The media are invited to cover the
military program activities to be held from July 1 to 3 as part of Quebec
City's 400th anniversary festivities on the Plains of Abraham and in the
surrounding area.
    Quebec City, the only fortified city in North America, still has a
permanent garrison of regular force soldiers. It has been designated by UNESCO
as a world heritage site, and the Canadian Forces will take part in its
anniversary festivities by providing a wide-ranging program. The troops are
therefore inviting everyone to come and celebrate the richness of our military
history from 1608 to today.

    July 1
    ------

    Plains of Abraham, Reservoir site

    1 PM--Fourteen Canadian Forces information stands of various units of
    5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, the Naval Reserve and the Air Force.
    A number of military members will be on site to answer questions from the
    public and many vehicles and all types of equipment will be on display.

    1:30 and 3 PM--The Compagnie Franche de la Marine will perform a
    historical re-enactment.

    July 2
    ------

    Plains of Abraham, Reservoir site

    Starting at 12 noon--Historical encampment recreating military life of
    periods between 1608 and 2008. Three hundred re-enactment experts and
    enthusiasts along with many military personnel will be on site to show
    the public antique and contemporary uniforms, vehicles and equipment.

    The site is open to the public. Public Affairs officers will be available
    at 514-423-4044 to assist journalists covering the event.

    Events not to be missed:

    2 to 3 PM--Elementary drill
    3 to 5 PM--Musket firing drill
    6 to 7 PM--Cannon drill (4 and 25-lbs)

    July 3
    ------

    City hall and the streets of Old Quebec

    8:15 to 8:40 AM--Exercising Freedom of the City by 5 Canadian Mechanized
    Brigade Group.

    A group of 120 soldiers will perform this tradition. Freedom of the City
    is one of the most prestigious honours that municipal authorities can
    bestow on a military unit. It is, in fact, a mark of affection and esteem
    that the people of a city grant to a military unit. By granting Freedom
    of the City, a city gives a military unit permission to parade in its
    streets with drums beating, colours flying and bayonets fixed. Freedom of
    the City is granted for one of two reasons: either the city has a
    long-standing excellent relationship with the unit, or else the residents
    want to thank the unit for a heroic service.

    10:15 AM--Military parade through the streets of Old Quebec. The parade
    will leave from the Plains of Abraham. The parade will include about
    2,000 military personnel, military re-enactment experts and enthusiasts,
    RCMP officers, veterans and civilians, escorted by 38 modern and antique
    vehicles with their crews, as well as six CH-146 Griffon helicopters and
    two CF-18 jets. This parade put on especially for Quebec City's
    400th anniversary includes two components: one historical and one
    contemporary.

    The historical part of the parade:

    - The Huron First Nations
    - 1608: Samuel de Champlain
    - 1650: Soldier of the Compagnie des cent associés
    - 1651: The Milice coloniale de Trois-Rivières
    - 1665: The Régiment Carignan-Salières
    - 1683: The Compagnies Franches de la Marine
    - 1755: The Canonniers Bombardiers de Québec
    - 1759: Montcalm's regulars and militia
    - 1759: James Company of Roger's Rangers
    - 1759: The Marquis de Montcalm and Major-General James Wolfe
    - 1759: The 78th Fraser Highlanders
    - 1760: The Régiment de La Sarre
    - 1760: The Régiment de Béarn
    - 1760: The 60th (Royal American) Regiment
    - 1760: The King's Rangers (Robert Rogers)
    - 1776: The Von Barner Light Infantry Regiment
    - 1812: The Voltigeurs of Salaberry
    - 1839: 24th Regiment of Foot from Fort Ingall
    - 1850: The Hudson's Bay coureurs des bois
    - 1899: The Boer War
    - 1914: The Great War
    - 1942: 425 Squadron (Lancaster crew)
    - 1944: 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion
    - 1944: The Régiment de la Chaudière
    - 1945: The United Nations

    Veterans will be riding on collector vehicles.

    Contemporary part of the parade:

    - The National Band of the Naval Reserve
    - Col Eric Tremblay, Commander 5 CMBG
    - HMCS Ville de Québec
    - HMCS Montcalm
    - 5e Régiment d'Artillerie légère du Canada
    - The Royal Canadian Dragoons
    - 12e Régiment blindé du Canada
    - 5 Combat Engineer Regiment
    - 71 Communication Group
    - Headquarters and Signal Squadron
    - 1st Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
    - The Garde en rouge of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment
    - The Band of the Royal 22e Régiment
    - The 3rd Light Infantry Battalion of the Royal 22e Régiment
    - 34 Canadian Brigade Group
    - 35 Canadian Brigade Group
    - 425 Tactical Fighter Squadron
    - 430 Tactical Helicopter Squadron
    - 2 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group
    - 5 Canadian Service Battalion
    - The Royal 22e Régiment Band
    - 5 Field Ambulance
    - 5 Military Police Unit
    - Command Support Capability (CSC) HQ
    - International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
    - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    - Sûreté du Québec police officers
    - The Valcartier Family Centre
    - The RCMP Musical Ride

    Please note that for security reasons, the parade route will only be
released a few days before the event.




For further information:

For further information: Notes to editors: For additional information on
the military activities, please contact Captain Marie-Noelle Blanchet, Public
Affairs Officer, Land Force Quebec Area and Joint Task Force East, at (514)
252-2777, extension 4280, or by pager at (514) 423-4044; For further
information on 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group, please visit its Web site
at www.5gbmc.ca


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