The Vandoos celebrate their 93rd anniversary in their founding city



    SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, QC, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - On Saturday,
October 20, at 11:00 a.m., current and former members of the Royal 22e
Régiment (R22eR), the Vandoos, will attend a ceremony at the Saint-Jean Campus
to commemorate the 93rd anniversary of the Regiment's founding.
    Presided over by General (Ret) Maurice Baril, Colonel of the Regiment,
this colourful ceremony will present some 50 members of 1 Battalion R22eR who
have recently returned from a nine-month mission in Afghanistan. The famous
Royal 22e Régiment Band will be on hand to honour several veterans from the
Saint Jean and Montreal area. The ceremony will also be highlighted by the
firing of three blank-round salutes.
    To round out the festivities, an all-ranks dinner with an Afghan theme
will be held at the Dextraze Pavilion, St-Jean Campus, where more than 500
members will gather for the unveiling of the Regiment's official 100th-
anniversary logo. There will also be an opportunity to communicate with a few
of the 700 members of R22eR currently deployed in Afghanistan as part of the
NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), whose goal is to
improve security and reconstruction in that country.

    For many families in Quebec, R22eR symbolizes a rich military heritage.
Everyone knows someone who once joined the ranks of the Vandoos! The regiment
was founded in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on October 21, 1914, as an exclusively
French-Canadian unit to serve in World War I. Since then, R22eR members have
served with distinction in the two World Wars, as well as in Korea, on several
peacekeeping missions, and in Afghanistan since 2004. With the deployment of
Joint Task Force 3-07 to Afghanistan, these ceremonies take on an even greater
meaning.

    For further information on the program of events celebrating the
Regiment's 93rd anniversary, please contact Major Jean-François Lacombe at
418-694-2800, extension 2909, or visit www.r22er.com




For further information:

For further information: Note to Press Representatives: Please confirm
attendance with Lt(N) Michèle Tremblay, Public Affairs Officer at (450)
358-7099, ext 6163, cell phone (514) 794-9863.


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