Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 16, 2011 14:16 ET

Media Advisory: Ceremonial Guard Change of Command Parade

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 16, 2011) - The Ceremonial Guard will conduct a change of command parade to receive a new Commanding Officer.

When: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 10 a.m.

Where: The International Pavilion Center, Ottawa.

The parade will mark the departure of Major S.G Miller who has commanded the Ceremonial Guard for the past two years, and the arrival of the unit's new Commanding Officer, Major M.B Plaunt from the 1st Battalion of The Royal Canadian Regiment.

Brigadier-General Fred Lewis, Commander Joint Task Force (Central) - Land Force Central Area will preside over the parade as Reviewing Officer. The parade will include and inspection of the Ceremonial Guard by Brigadier-General Lewis accompanied by the outgoing and incoming Commanding Officer, followed by a march past.

The Ceremonial Guard is a unique unit of the Canadian Forces composed of more than 400 Regular and Reserve soldiers from across Canada. Wearing the uniforms of The Canadian Grenadier Guards, based in Montreal, and The Governor General's Foot Guards, based in Ottawa, the unit performs ceremonial public duties throughout the National Capital Region during the summer months. All members of the Ceremonial Guard are fully trained members of the Canadian Forces and proudly represent the more than 35,000 soldiers of the Canadian Army.

The spectacle of the "Changing of The Guard" is the National Capital Region's most recognized military tradition. Held daily on the lawns of Parliament Hill, it is a dramatic display of precision military drill combined with the stirring music of military bands.

Family and friends of members of The Ceremonial Guard are invited to attend a private reception following the parade at Cartier Drill Hall, 2 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa.

For more information about the Ceremonial Guard:

Contact Information

  • Lieutenant Flavien Cyamweshi
    Ceremonial Guard Public Affairs Officer