Ceremonial Guard Mounts First Guard of 2016 Season






The Ceremonial Guard Mounts the First Guard of the 2016 Season

June 24, 2016 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Ceremonial Guard will perform the first Changing of the Guard for the 2016 season on Parliament Hill on Sunday at 10 a.m. and will begin posting sentries at the Residence of the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada. The ceremony is Ottawa’s most recognized military tradition, and is a summer attraction which has welcomed thousands of visitors to Parliament Hill for 57 years. In addition to the Changing of the Guard ceremony, members perform sentry duties at Rideau Hall every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.


“The Canadian Armed Forces Ceremonial Guard demonstrates the excellence and discipline of our servicemen and women, not just in the Canadian Army, but in the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole. Their presence on Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall reflects the heritage and legacy of our military in service to the people of Canada.”

Brigadier-General Rob Roy Mackenzie, Chief of Staff Army Reserve, Canadian Army

“The Ceremonial Guard provides an excellent and diverse representation of the institutions and people that make up the Canadian Armed Forces. The Guard provides an invaluable resource to connect visitors to our national capital and to the history and traditions of the Armed Forces.”

Brigadier-General Lowell Thomas, Commander, 4th Canadian Division

“The execution of public duties, like the Changing of the Guard, demands dedication, patience, and an unparalleled commitment to military service. Performing on Parliament Hill and at Rideau Hall is an honour for all soldiers and musicians on parade.”

Major Michel Lavigne, Commanding Officer of the Ceremonial Guard


· All the members of the Ceremonial Guard are fully trained members of the Canadian Armed Forces, many with experience on international operations.

· Canadian Armed Forces members from over 81 Canadian Army regiments, four Royal Canadian Navy Ships, and one Royal Canadian Air Force squadron make up the 2016 Ceremonial Guard.

· The first Guard Mount took place 57 years ago, on Parliament Hill on July 2, 1959.

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