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Article / July 24, 2014 / Project number: 14-0135

OTTAWA, ONTARIO — To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of World War I and the 75th Anniversary of World War II and their impact on Manitoba families and communities, the 60th Annual Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede will showcase  “Manitoba’s Military Heritage”. The unique event, held from July 24 to 27, 2014, at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin, Manitoba will shed light on the province’s proud military past.

In particular, two Canadian Army units will be honoured at the special event. The 1st Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (1 RCHA) and 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (2 PPCLI) will be recognized as key contributors to Manitoba’s longstanding military legacy.  

“The First Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery takes great pride in being involved in the local community. Our soldiers are honoured and excited to be given the opportunity to showcase the Regiment’s role in Manitoba’s history and heritage at the Threshermen’s Reunion this week,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Stu Taylor, Commanding Officer with 1 RCHA.

The event will feature Manitoba’s largest assembly of operating vintage military vehicles, live daily presentations of Life in the Trenches for a WWI soldier, fashion shows of military uniforms and civilian dress from the war years, displays of the current and heritage capabilities of Canada’s Armed Forces from 1 RCHA and 2 PPCLI, along with musical performances from the Royal Canadian Air Force Air Command Band and the PPCLI Regimental Drum Line.

This year’s Threshermen’s Reunion and Stampede will raise awareness about the contributions and impact of the Canadian Armed Forces to Manitoba’s development, making it the prosperous province it is today.

Written by Courtney Laidler, Army Public Affairs

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