Ceremonial Guard first Changing of the Guard Ceremony postponed to July 10

News Release

July 6, 2017 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Please be aware that the Ceremonial Guard will now perform the first Changing of the Guard ceremony for the 2017 season on Monday, July 10, at 10 a.m., (vice Friday, July 7th ). The delay is the result of unexpected reparations required following the Canada Day festivities held on the lawns of Parliament Hill. In its 58th season, the Changing the Guard ceremony is the most recognized military tradition in Ottawa, and has attracted thousands of visitors to Parliament Hill since the first mount in 1959.

In addition to the Changing of the Guard ceremony, members of the Ceremonial Guard will also perform daily sentry duties at Rideau Hall, the official residence and workplace of the Governor General of Canada. Sentry duties commenced - on June 26th and will continue until Thursday, August 24th. The Ceremonial Guard also provides training and oversight to the members of the Canadian Armed Forces performing sentry duties at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, which lies in Front of the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa. A changing of the sentries is scheduled every hour on the hour from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Rideau Hall and at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In addition to Changing of the Guard ceremonies taking place on Parliament Hill this year, soldiers and musicians of the Ceremonial Guard will proudly take part in celebrations commemorating Canada 150, including Canada Day festivities and Fortissimo.


Quotes

“The Changing of the Guard is an honoured tradition which demonstrates the discipline and excellence of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. As visitors arrive in Ottawa over the next few months to commemorate Canada 150, members of the Ceremonial Guard will showcase the history and traditions of Canada’s military.”

Brigadier-General S.M. Cadden, Commander, 4th Canadian Division

“Being a member of the Ceremonial Guard involves intense training, demands dedication and a commitment to military service. It is an honour for all members of the Ceremonial Guard to represent Canada during this significant Anniversary of Confederation.”

Major Patrice Villeneuve, Commanding Officer Ceremonial Guard

Quick Facts

  • Due to unexpected number of reparations following the Canada Day events, in celebration of Canada 150, on Parliament Hill, which limited access to the area, it will not be possible to commence the Changing of the Guard ceremony until July 10.

  • All the members of the Ceremonial Guard are fully-trained members of the Canadian Armed Forces, many with overseas experience on international operations.

  • Canadian Armed Forces members from over 86 Canadian Army regiments, six Royal Canadian Navy Ships, and six Air Force squadrons make up the 2017 Ceremonial Guard.

  • The first Guard Mount took place 58 years ago on Parliament Hill, on July 2nd, 1959. It was carried out by the Regiment of Canadian Guards, a Regular Force regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces.

  • The Public Duties Detachment was later manned by the two Reserve Guards Regiments, the Governor General's Foot Guards, from Ottawa, and the Canadian Grenadier Guards, from Montreal. Today the Ceremonial Guard is comprised of soldiers from units across Canada who adopt the customs and traditions of these two Guards Regiments. 

  • When required, the Ceremonial Guard mounts Guards of Honour for visiting dignitaries outside of public duties. Also the Band of the Ceremonial Guard performs in public concerts, at military functions and other ceremonies throughout the National Capital Region.

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Media Relations
Department of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-2353
Toll-Free: 1-866-377-0811
Email: mlo-blm@forces.gc.ca


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