Free­dom of the City of Ot­tawa

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Ma­jor-Gen­eral Paul Wyn­nyk, Com­man­der of Cana­dian Forces In­tel­li­gence Com­mand, rep­re­sented the Depart­ment of Na­tional De­fence and the Cana­dian Armed Forces (CAF) to­day at Ot­tawa City Hall dur­ing the 120th an­niver­sary of the first grant­ing of Free­dom of the City.

As part of this spe­cial oc­ca­sion, Ot­tawa City Coun­cil un­veiled a montage hon­or­ing the 17 CAF units and one cadet corps that have been hon­ored with Free­dom of the City. Three of them are as­so­ci­ated with the Royal Cana­dian Navy: the frigate HMCS Ot­tawa, Royal Cana­dian Naval Re­serve Di­vi­sion HMCS Car­leton, and Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadet Corps Falk­land.

The grant­ing of Free­dom of the City by a mu­nic­i­pal­ity is one of the most val­ued hon­ors to be­stow upon a CAF unit or cadet corps. Over the past 120 years, the City of Ot­tawa has be­stowed the honor of Free­dom of the City upon the fol­low­ing 17 CAF units and one cadet corps: 14th Bat­tal­ion, The Princess of Wales’ Own Ri­fles, granted by His Wor­ship George Cox in 1894; 1st Bat­tal­ion, The Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment, granted by Her Wor­ship Char­lotte Whit­ton in 1953; 2nd Bat­tal­ion, The Cana­dian Guards, granted by Her Wor­ship Char­lotte Whit­ton in 1964; 30th Field Reg­i­ment, Royal Cana­dian Ar­tillery, granted by His Wor­ship Don Reid from 1965-68; 1st Bat­tal­ion, The Cana­dian Guards, granted by His Wor­ship Don Reid in 1968; The Cameron High­landers of Ot­tawa, granted by His Wor­ship Don Reid in 1969; Gov­er­nor Gen­eral’s Foot Guards, granted by His Wor­ship Pierre Benoit in 1972; 3rd Field En­gi­neer Squadron, granted by His Wor­ship Lor­rie Green­berg in 1977; 763 (Ot­tawa) Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­i­ment, granted by Her Wor­ship Mar­ion De­war in 1978; The Cana­dian Gre­nadier Guards, granted by Her Wor­ship Mar­ion De­war in 1979; Her Majesty’s Cana­dian Ship Car­leton, granted by Her Wor­ship Mar­ion De­war in 1980; 4th Princess Louise Dra­goon Guards, granted by Her Wor­ship Mar­ion De­war in 1981; 28th Ser­vice Bat­tal­ion, granted by Her Wor­ship Mar­ion De­war in 1981; Princess Pa­tri­cia’s Cana­dian Light In­fantry, granted by Her Wor­ship Mar­ion De­war in 1985; Royal Cana­dian Sea Cadet Corps Falk­land, granted by Her Wor­ship Jac­quelin Holz­man in 1995; Her Majesty’s Cana­dian Ship Ot­tawa, granted by Her Wor­ship Jac­quelin Holz­man in 1996; 3rd Bat­tal­ion, The Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment, granted by His Wor­ship Jim Wat­son in 1999; and 33 Cana­dian Bri­gade Group, granted by His Wor­ship Jim Wat­son in 2013.

The montage hon­or­ing the 17 CAF units and one cadet corps will be per­ma­nently dis­played in Ot­tawa City Hall, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for all cit­i­zens and guests to learn more about this spe­cial honor and the CAF units and cadet corps that have re­ceived it.

This sym­bolic, tra­di­tional recog­ni­tion has been be­stowed on mil­i­tary units lo­cated in com­mu­ni­ties rang­ing from small towns to ci­ties, or mil­i­tary units who have earned bat­tle hon­ors. This des­ig­na­tion en­ti­tled mil­i­tary units to “march through the street with drums beat­ing, col­ors fly­ing and bay­o­nets fixed.”

Com­man­der Ju­lian Barnard, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer HMCS Ot­tawa, and Chief Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Mike Mil­lar, Coxswain.

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