Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canadian Navy

Canadian Navy

October 21, 2009 15:00 ET

Laying Up Ceremony for Queen's Colour

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 21, 2009) - A laying up ceremony took place at the Beechwood National Military Cemetery earlier today for the retirement of the previous Queen's Colour. The ceremony was presided over by Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander Maritime Command.

The Queen's Colour is a consecrated flag, and is a cherished symbol within the Navy. Having been proudly displayed for thirty years, the previous Queen's Colour was retired and replaced by the current Queen's Colour on June 27th, 2009. While the previous Queen's Colour was officially retired on the same date, it was officially laid up during this ceremony.

"The Queen's Colour is much more than just a flag," says VAdm McFadden, "It is a symbol of respect to military service, representing heroism and honour. This ceremony was done with the utmost respect, deserving of the Queen's Colour that served our country and our navy for thirty years. This laying up ceremony was made even more significant by the fact that the changing of the watch of these venerated symbols of Canada's ongoing naval service tradition is a preamble to the 2010 naval centennial anniversary."

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