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Article / July 16, 2015

15th Field Artillery Regiment, The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery truly exemplified the artillery motto, Ubique (meaning “everywhere”), on Canada Day 2015.

The Regiment was committed to providing assets to various locations throughout the city in order to share the momentous day with those in the local community.

Despite a number of men and women from the Regiment deployed throughout Canada as teachers or students on national training courses, the Regiment utilized those remaining for the celebratory events in Vancouver.

The events that the Regiment participated in on Canada Day this year were:

  1. The 21-Gun Salute at Stanley Park, Vancouver BC;
  2. Canadian Forces Zone at Canada Place, Vancouver BC; and
  3. Vancouver Canadians vs. Spokane Indians at Nat Bailey Stadium, Vancouver BC.

The 21-Gun Salute

The Regiment arrived at Stanley Park for the 21-Gun salute at 10:45hrs, in which three C3 105mm Howitzers were deployed overlooking the harbour at the downtown core of Vancouver.

The salute, which begins at 12:00hrs, is a tradition to pay tribute to all Canadians and mark’s the anniversary of July 1, 1867, in which Canada became a single country.

Three C3 Howitzers fired a total of 21 rounds of blank ammunition in 10-second intervals, while the Regimental Band played the National Anthem. 

Canadian Forces Zone

At Canada Place in downtown Vancouver, the Canadian Forces Zone provided an opportunity for spectators of all ages to see exhibits showcasing the equipment used by the Army, Navy, and Air Force today.

Spectators looked on excitedly as a CP-140 Aurora Long-Range Patrol aircraft conducted a flypast early that morning. In addition, the Navy demonstrated their boarding party procedures throughout the day for patrons to see.

Among the units present were members from the 15th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA who proudly displayed an 81mm Mortar. Furthermore, spectators were given the opportunity to operate a Night Observation Device, Long Range (NODLR), giving them a chance to observe the area in night vision mode; a first for many.

Vancouver Canadians vs. Spokane Indians

Lastly, the Regiment was sure to complete the day at a home game hosted by the Vancouver Canadians at Nat Bailey Stadium.

Members of the Regiment were thrilled to interact with sports fans during the game while showcasing its role in the Canadian Army.  Besides the opportunity to interact with fans, watch an exciting baseball game, they also met the club president, Mr. Andy Dunn.

To ensure that spectators of the game didn’t leave empty-handed, the Regiment provided posters of a C3 105mm Howitzer and an 81mm Mortar firing as a thank you for their unwavering support to the Canadian Forces community.

The members present during the game were more than willing to spend one-to-one personal time with spectators sharing their experiences and training in the Canadian Armed Forces.  Conversely, they were also honoured to hear the stories of veterans that took the time to stop by the display during the game.

More importantly, the Regiment was pleased to be present throughout the evening to support a local team and were revered to have interacted with the wonderful fans.  The evening ended under the familiar bright flash of fireworks for the members of the Regiment and the crowd at Nat Bailey Stadium, a tremendous spectacle for everyone.

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