National Defence - 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

National Defence - 32 Canadian Brigade Group Headquarters

September 21, 2007 12:18 ET

Toronto Police Pay Tribute to Canadian Military

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - Chief William Blair, the Chief of the Toronto Police Services, will join Brigadier-General Alan Howard, the Commander of Land Force Central Area, to open the "Toronto Police Games Tribute to the Canadian Military" on September 22nd at 7 pm. Both will arrive aboard a special Canadian Forces combat vehicle.

In a patriotic tribute to Canada's soldiers, sailors and aircrew, the Toronto Police Services is saluting our troops at the historic 125th anniversary of their Toronto Police Games. The Toronto Police are encouraging all spectators at this year's event to wear red in support of the troops.

"We are truly grateful for this tribute to the Canadian military," said Brigadier-General Howard. "The public sees how our men and women are laying down their lives to accomplish our mission in Afghanistan. What makes it worthwhile is the great things we are achieving. Not everyone back in Canada knows that in Afghanistan, literacy rates are rising, infant mortality rates are lower, more small businesses are being established - and it is the Afghan women who benefit the most from these changes. Now we need to make sure that the changes are permanent - and to do that, the Afghan army and police need state-of-the-art training. This is what we are focusing on now."

This is a multi-sport event organized by the Toronto Police Amateur Athletic Association to raise money for the Toronto Police Widows and Orphans Fund. The event will feature the Toronto Police on parade, with a moving tribute played by a combined military brass band and the Toronto Police Pipes and Drums. The 2007 Canadian Idol contestants will also be performing.

The public is invited to view a display of military vehicles, opening at 5:00 pm outside of Gate 11 of the Rogers Centre, and to cheer on the military team, the Canadian Military Police Force Academy. Local members of the Canadian Forces will be on hand to chat with members of the public.

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