Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 20, 2014 09:56 ET

Media Advisory: Annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 20, 2014) - His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, invites the public to join him for the annual Inspection of the Ceremonial Guard, on the grounds of Rideau Hall Monday, June 23, 2014, at 10 a.m. Following the inspection, the Governor General will address the Guard.

From June 24 to August 22, visitors can witness the pageantry, precision and colour of the Relief of the Sentries, which runs, every hour, on the hour, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sentries, led by a piper, march to their posts in front of the residence and at Sussex Gate.

About the Ceremonial Guard

The Ceremonial Guard is a unit of the Canadian Armed Forces that performs a variety of public duties in Ottawa between late June and the end of August. In addition to sentry duty at Rideau Hall, they perform the Changing of the Guard ceremony on Parliament Hill each day at 10 a.m. Later in the summer, members of the Guard will also carry out sentry duties at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located at the National War Memorial.

When required, the Ceremonial Guard mounts guards of honour for visiting dignitaries. The Band of the Ceremonial Guard is the largest in the Canadian Armed Forces; outside of public duties, they perform in public concerts and at military functions and other ceremonies throughout the National Capital Region.

Media covering this event should arrive at the front facade of Rideau Hall
no later than 9:45 a.m.

In the event of inclement weather, the decision to cancel the inspection will be made
at 8:00 a.m. on June 23, 2014.

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