The Citadelle, Saturday, October 4, 2014
Sharon and I are delighted that all of you have joined us here on this beautiful day for the Fall Celebration. Welcome!
The Citadelle is a remarkable site, and represents the grandeur and history of this more-than 400-year-old city.
Steeped in history, this place has been the second official residence of Canada’s governors general since 1872. I am happy to invite you to discover the unique treasures it holds.
I also invite you to learn more about the Royal 22e Régiment, which is based here and is marking its 100th anniversary this year. This is great cause for celebration. As the first all-French regiment in Canada, it has a history of making history.
Founded at the outset of the First World War, the regiment fought valiantly in many of the major conflicts in which Canada was involved, including two world wars, Korea and, more recently, Afghanistan.
The Van Doos were granted a unique honour a few months ago when a delegation of 50 members from Quebec took part in the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. The Van Doos last stood guard at Buckingham in 1940, the first time orders were given in French.
Since the regiment’s creation, every one of its members has served with distinction and honour, and as governor general and commander-in-chief of Canada, I am so proud to support them, as well as all the men and women in uniform.
Today is a perfect opportunity to celebrate this anniversary, and to thank the Van Doos and every member of the Canadian Armed Forces for all that they do for this country.
All of them—and everyone here visiting, volunteering, and sharing their careers, passions and interests with us—have helped to build stronger communities and have contributed to Canadians’ well-being in ways both big and small.
I invite you to tour the Residence, to visit the Royal 22e Régiment Museum, and to discover with your families and friends the role this place plays in the history of this great city.
I hope you all enjoy your day!