Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 02, 2013 13:00 ET

Fortissimo 2013 on Parliament Hill

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Aug. 2, 2013) - From August 8 to 10, 2013, at 7 p.m. on Parliament Hill, the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard will host the 17th annual Fortissimo celebration.

Fortissimo is a military concert and sunset ceremony conducted on the lawns of Parliament Hill. The event will feature military brass bands, pipes & drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard. Admission is free and lawn chairs or blankets for seating are recommended. Fortissimo is a showcase event that has drawn thousands of spectators since it began in 1997.

"Fortissimo 2013 will be an outstanding event," said Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie, Commander Joint Task Force Central - 4th Canadian Division. "This is a chance to see and hear some of the finest musicians in the Canadian Armed Forces do what they do best and enjoy a spectacular display of military pageantry."

In addition to the Ceremonial Guard and musical performers, Fortissimo 2013 will include Field Artillery of 30th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (Bytown Gunners) and Horse Artillery of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, The 13th Battalion Ceremonial Guard of the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry, and Cavalry from the Governor General's Horse Guards and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The Ceremonial Guard is a unique unit of the Canadian Forces comprising more than 400 Regular and Reserve Force members from across Canada. It is responsible for public duties in the National Capital Region, including the capital region's most recognized military tradition, the Changing of the Guard ceremony every day on the East Lawn of Parliament Hill. The Guard is also responsible for Sentry duties at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and at Rideau Hall, as well as manning the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil until the end of the 2013 season.

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Members of the media wishing to attend this event are asked to arrive at no later than 6:30 p.m.

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