Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI)

September 08, 2014 09:54 ET

Princess Patricia's Leave Toronto to Continue Centennial With Memorial Run

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 8, 2014) - The end of 100th Anniversary celebration in Toronto on 6 September also marked the continuation of a Memorial Baton Relay (MBR) for approximately 50 soldiers from 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).

MBR soldiers will run through select cities and towns while carrying a Memorial Baton containing the names of 1,866 PPCLI members who have fallen in active service to Canada over the last century. The MBR team will re-trace the symbolic route taken by the PPCLI Originals as they marshaled for service in 1914 on the eve of the First World War. The relay is being run to Ottawa where it will arrive on September 18, 2014.

Displays will be open to the public at scheduled stops along the route, showcasing military vehicles, weapons, equipment and uniforms worn by PPCLI soldiers from 1914 to modern day. Capability displays will be supplemented by a mobile museum and outreach activities, including an obstacle course, magician, balloons and face painting.

Beyond the Queen's Park ceremony on September 6, PPCLI centennial celebrations will continue in Ottawa in September. The PPCLI will exercise the Freedom of the City of Ottawa and participate in a joint sunset ceremony on Parliament Hill with the Royal 22e Régiment (R22eR) who also celebrates their centennial this year. Both the PPCLI and R22eR will be recognized at the Canadian Army Run on Sunday, 21 September.

For specific information regarding the Memorial Baton Relay or any PPCLI centennial activities, please visit the 1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group home page or

Quick Facts

  • The Colonel-in-Chief of the PPCLI is currently The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson, PC, CC, CMM, COM, CD, appointed to the position on 17 March 2007. The honour was originally held by Princess Patricia of Connaught, after whom the Regiment is named, and was succeeded by her cousin, Lady Patricia Ramsay, Countess Mountbatten of Burma in 1974.

  • The Memorial Baton Relay will be making 21 stops between Edmonton, Alberta and Ottawa, Ontario travelling as far east as Montréal, Québec.

  • NHL Alumni Dave 'Tiger' Williams and Actor/Director Paul Gross will be acting as Honorary Team Captains at various locations along the run.

  • The Canada Army Run has designed commemorative running shirts for this year's 5 km and half-marathon, giving special recognition to the PPCLI and the R22eR.


"The Memorial Baton Relay is a historic event to mark a century of Regimental service to Canada and honour 1,866 PPCLI soldiers who have fallen on active service. Current soldiers of the Regiment are privileged to retrace the symbolic journey taken by the PPCLI Originals in 1914 on the eve of the First World War, celebrating our history and strengthening our relationships with the Canadian public whom we serve."

Lieutenant-Colonel Bob Ritchie, Commanding Officer, 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

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