Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 29, 2010 13:00 ET

The Canadian Forces Bid Farewell to the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2010) - The Canadian Forces said farewell today to Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, with a 250-member military parade at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa. 

"Her Excellency was instrumental in making sure the men and women of the Canadian Forces knew the level of support and the admiration Canadians had for them," said the Minister of National Defence, the Honourable Peter MacKay. "Her Excellency reminded us all of the very difficult and often dangerous work the Canadian Forces do at home and around the world on our behalf."

"As our Commander-in-Chief, Her Excellency has visited thousands of Canadian Forces members across Canada and around the world," said the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk. "This farewell ceremony is a reflection of the unique and positive relationship that Her Excellency has maintained with the Canadian Forces since her appointment five years ago."

Her Excellency, the 27th governor general since Confederation, has been a dedicated supporter of the Canadian Forces. This ceremony also provided her the opportunity to recognize the outstanding contributions of the men and women in uniform one last time while in office.

For imagery of the Governor General visiting Canadian Forces members, visit www.combatcamera.forces.gc.ca.

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