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National Defence

March 27, 2015 13:57 ET

Media Advisory: Toronto Officers' Garrison Ball to Recognize 70th Anniversary of VE Day

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2015) - Media are invited to watch the military pageantry and pomp of The Toronto Garrison Officers Ball, the premier social event for the city's military community, on Saturday, March 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place.

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Minister of National Defence Jason Kenney, Minister of Veterans Affairs Erin O'Toole and Toronto Mayor John Tory will be among the dignitaries attending this year's Ball. This year's celebration is focused on the spirit of the Canadian Army's regimental community on the pending 70th Anniversary of VE Day, and will feature the swing music of the '40s to help set the mood.

This Toronto Garrison Officers Ball is hosted by the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, and recognises the ever-present need to bridge the past with the present, which is being done by acknowledging the return of Canadian sailors, soldiers and air force personnel from the conflict in Afghanistan, and the ever-present risks a life of service carries. Guests of Honour will be local families of those who lost loved ones, along with representative wounded warriors of this and other recent conflicts.

When: 6 p.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015

Where: Liberty Grand at Exhibition Place (25 British Columbia Rd.)

What: More than 800 officers and their guests in full uniform enjoy a formal dinner, complete with military etiquette followed by 1940s swing and contemporary dancing.

BACKGROUND: The Garrison Ball is the premier military ball of the season for the Greater Toronto Area. Every year it is hosted by a different section of the Toronto Garrison and this year it will be hosted by the 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

The Regiments and members of other services attending include:

The Royal Canadian Navy

Canadian Army
The Governor General's Horse Guards
The Ontario Regiment
The Queen's York Rangers
The 7th Toronto Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
56 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery
32 Combat Engineer Regiment
The Queen's Own Rifles
Royal Regiment of Canada
The Grey and Simcoe Foresters
The Lorne Scots
The 48th Highlanders of Canada
The Toronto Scottish Regiment
32 Service Battalion
25 Field Ambulance
4th Canadian Division Headquarters
32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters
The Royal Canadian Air Force
Military Personnel Command
The Royal Military College
The Canadian Forces College


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