The Federal Canadian Department of National Defence is making a $452 million investment in Canadian Armed Forces facilities across Canada. Today, MP Bryan Hayes announced that, as part of this national infrastructure investment strategy for armed forces facilities, The Sault Ste. Marie Armoury will receive $6,000,000.
“Your service to our Country does not go unnoticed” shared MP Bryan Hayes to the gathered group of military personnel, officers and cadets, enlisted and primary reservists, who call The Pine St. Armoury their base of operations. Represented today, at a press conference in the front courtyard of the Pine St. Armoury were members of the Canadian Armed Forces Primary Reserve, the 49th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and the 33 Service Battalion, 2310 Army Cadet Corps, the Royal Sovereign Sea Cadets, the 155 Borden Gray (GC) Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.
“The Pine St. Armoury is one of the largest in the Country” shared Major Lance Knox, Battery Commander for 30 Battery, 49th Field Regiment. “This Armoury has been used for replenishing military convoys heading west, for example, to assist in the floods in Manitoba. This infrastructure investment will support our work, and the life of The Pine St. Armoury well into the future.”
“The Sault Ste. Marie Armoury, home to the proud members of the 49th Field Artillery Regiment of The Royal Canadian Artillery, is a landmark in our community.” said MP Bryan Hayes “I’m thrilled to announce this $6 million investment for renovations to ensure our Armoury remains a source of pride for generations to come. Projects like these will ensure our military members can continue to efficiently train and prepare for duty here at home and abroad.”
MP Hayes, a former cadet in New Castle, New Brunswick, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Corps further shared the $6 million infrastructure investment “will promote job creation and economic growth. On behalf of the Government of Canada, I wish to thank you for your service to our Country.”
MP Hayes is a member of The Standing Committee for Veterans Affairs Canada, a committee he requested to be part of. “I have the utmost of respect for our Veterans. Our committee has been working on some significant changes to the New Veterans Charter.” (http://www.veterans.gc.ca
MP Bryan Hayes made a further presentation to a young man from Borden Gray 155 Air Cadet Corps. “Sgt. Benn Fischer is a tremendous young person. He was recently awarded the Bronze Medal at this years’ Air Cadet League National Effective Speaking Competition in Edmonton.” Sgt Fischer received a certificate from MP Hayes. Congratulations Benn from saultonline.
The next time you pass by the iconic Pine St. Armoury, take a moment to reflect on the history and the life of Canadian Armed Forces. There are rich stories and traditions alive and well, inside the doors.
Thank you to the men and women in military service, who call the Pine St. Armoury home, as well as all of the enlisted personnel, cadets and officers, who march to the beat of honour, valour, service. Canada.