An ancient rite…

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49th RCA Parade

The 49th Sault Ste. Marie Field Regiment exercised their Right To Freedom of the City yesterday, as awarded on July 1st 1967. Members of the 49th SSM Field Regiment and Pipes and Drums formed up at the Regimental Church, St Luke’s Cathedral (160 Brock Street), and paraded south on Brock Street from Albert Street to the Civic Centre.

49th RCA ParadeOnce at the Civic Centre, they re-enacted the awarding of the Freedom of the City as bestowed on July 1st, 1967, by asking Mayor Christian Provenzano to inspect the Regiment. The Freedom of the City is a very important milestone in the life of any military unit as it represents the close bond a unit has with its community. The 49th SSM Field Regiment is one of a very few Canadian Regiments that have incorporated the name of their community in its Regimental title.

49th RCA ParadeAfter their inspection by Mayor Provenzano; an invitation was extended to the 49th SSM Field Regiment by The Very Reverend James McShane Dean of Algoma Honourary Chaplain to participate in the Sunday morning service at St Luke’s Cathedral.

The parade is one of two events on the regimental calendar that support the annual celebration of Artillery Day.  The first event was an “Open House” at the Sault Ste. Marie Armoury, 375 Pine Street, this past Saturday.  Admission was FREE and open to the public as guided tours were made available along with demonstrations of military activities and a chance to interact with the soldiers of the regiment.

This year is significant in that it marks the 300th anniversary of the Royal Artillery of which the Royal Canadian Artillery evolved.