Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

August 15, 2014 20:00 ET

Marking One Hundred Years of Service to Canada

Government of Canada supports centenary activities of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2014) - Canadian Heritage

Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre), announced funding of $175,000 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Ms. Crockatt made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages at a PPCLI Foundation dinner at the historic Mewata Armoury in Calgary.

The funding is being provided to the PPCLI Foundation through the Commemorate Canada component of Canadian Heritage's Celebration and Commemoration Program.

Quick Facts

  • The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry is one of three regular force infantry regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces.
  • The PPCLI was the first Canadian regiment to enter the First World War.
  • The Regiment will celebrate "A Century of Service to Canada" from August 2014 to May 2015.
  • Commemorative events include a Centennial Baton Relay in which soldiers will carry a baton from Edmonton to Ottawa from August 10 to September 18, 2014; a public parade and ceremonial events in Ottawa from September 18 to 21; and participation in an event in Frezenberg, Belgium, in May 2015.
  • The PPCLI Foundation provides funds, activities and programs to support and care for Canadian military service and former military personnel in need.

Quotes

"As we prepare to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017, commemorations like these will encourage Canadians to understand more about our history and reaffirm our pride in our achievements. The First and Second World Wars were important events that contributed to the development of a distinct Canadian national identity."

-The Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages

"Our Government is proud to commemorate100 years of service of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry to Canada's defence, security and national well-being. This commemoration will benefit Canadians by increasing their knowledge and understanding of the contribution of the PPCLI to Canada's military."

-Joan Crockatt, Member of Parliament (Calgary Centre)

Associated Links

Canada.ca/150

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

Canadian Army: Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

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