In recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Canadian Navy, Freedom of the City will be conferred upon HMCS DISCOVERY. We have been invited by both the Mayor of New Westminster, Mayor Wayne Wright, and the Commanding Officer of HMCS DISCOVERY, LCdr Elaine Fisher, to join their parade on Sunday, October 3rd.
What a very exciting opportunity for us all. This honour is rarely given and since the city was built in 1859 only four people and one group has been granted this privilege, the last time was in 1963.
This honour indicates the trust and respect that they City has for HMCS DISCOVERY and the Canadian Navy and gives HMCS DISCOVERY the right to march through the City with flags flying, bayonets fixed and band playing.
RCSCC FRASER Ship’s Company will muster in C1’s with medals, in front of the Armouries on Sunday, October 3rd at 12:30 and will march on at 12:50.
The ceremony should take approximately 1 hour and include an inspection and a march past.
Parents are highly encouraged to stay and witness the ceremony as it takes place in front of City Hall. It is a rare occurrence and photos would be greatly appreciated.
The Canadian Forces site for the Naval Centennial can be found here.