‘Do not take this hon­our lightly’

Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony held by 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery

Tri-County Vanguard - - LIFESTYLES - TINA COMEAU THEVANGUARD.CA

Foot­steps march­ing on as­phalt, the beat­ing of drums and the echo of mu­sic sounded the ar­rival of the 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery unit to a spe­cial Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony at the town hall in Yar­mouth on Sept. 29.

Mem­bers of the army re­serve unit, the 36 Cana­dian Brigade Group Band and cadets marched to the town hall where Ma­jor Mur­ray Roesler re­quested, and re­ceived, permission for Free­dom of the Town from Yar­mouth Mayor Pam Mood.

Mayor Mood then made it of­fi­cial by read­ing the day’s procla­ma­tion.

“The great­est hon­our the Town of Yar­mouth can be­stow upon a mil­i­tary unit is to grant it Free­dom of the own. This is a most prized hon­our for it rec­og­nizes and demon­strates the es­teem in which the unit is held by the com­mu­nity,” she said. “Upon re­ceiv­ing the Free­dom of the Town this unit is granted the right to pa­rade within the town with their drums beat­ing, colours fly­ing and bay­o­nets fixed.”

The 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery Royal Cana­dian Ar­tillery is a Cana­dian Army Re­serve Ar­tillery Bat­tery un­der com­mand of the 1st Field Ar­tillery Reg­i­ment, 36 Brigade Group and 5th Cana­dian Di­vi­sion.

“Since be­fore Con­fed­er­a­tion, an ar­tillery bat­tery has served Yar­mouth, send­ing sol­diers over­seas dur­ing both World Wars and on nu­mer­ous UN peace­keep­ing and NATO mis­sions since the end of the Sec­ond World War,” the procla­ma­tion read. “The Town of Yar­mouth wishes to pay trib­ute to the mem­bers of 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery Royal Cana­dian Ar­tillery who have served the Bat­tery and es­pe­cially those that have laid down their lives.”

In his re­marks, Ma­jor Roesler spoke about the 84th’s place in Yar­mouth.

“We are part of the com­mu­nity of Yar­mouth and the lo­cal area. We, the ci­ti­zen sol­diers, are pleased to serve our com­mu­nity, the prov­ince of Nova Sco­tia and Canada,” he said. “The pro­fes­sion of the mil­i­tary is no easy task. The role of the Cana­dian Army re­serves is ex­tremely im­por­tant in our na­tion’s security and pro­mot­ing our na­tional in­ter­ests abroad.”

Ma­jor Roesler said it is also no small feat that ci­ti­zen sol­diers have full-time jobs or school­ing com­mit­ments yet are able to ded­i­cate their time to the bat­tery.

“It is pre­ciously for th­ese rea­sons that I call upon the each one of the mem­bers of the bat­tery here to­day, do not take this hon­our lightly,” he said dur­ing the Free­dom cer­e­mony. “Han­dle it with the up­most re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

The cer­e­mony con­tin­ued with an in­spec­tion and salutes and end­ing with an­other march along with a roll-past fea­tur­ing a light ar­moured ve­hi­cle and How­itzers.

On Sun­day, an open house was held at the ar­mouries on Pa­rade Street.

TINA COMEAU

Ma­jor Mur­ray Roesler and RCMP Staff Sergeant Michel Lacroix lead a march of the 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery to the town hall in Yar­mouth dur­ing a Sept. 29 Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony.

TINA COMEAU

An in­spec­tion was part of the Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony held by the 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery in Yar­mouth on Sept. 29.

TINA COMEAU

Par­tic­i­pants in the Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony in Yar­mouth on Sept. 29 in­cluded Yar­mouth 110 Royal Cana­dian Army Cadets, re­serve sol­diers with the 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery and 299 Yar­mouth Li­ons Royal Cana­dian Air Cadets and the 36 Cana­dian Brigade Group Band.

TINA COMEAU

Mem­bers of the 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery re­serve unit held a Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony in Yar­mouth on Sept. 29.

TINA COMEAU

It was a strong show­ing of 84th In­de­pen­dent Field Bat­tery re­servist per­son­nel dur­ing the Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony in Yar­mouth on Sept. 29.

TINA COMEAU

Yar­mouth res­i­dents watched from the side­walks dur­ing the roll-past of equip­ment that fol­lowed the Free­dom of the Town Sept. 29 cer­e­mony in Yar­mouth.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.