150th Anniversary The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada
Trooping the Colour
On Sunday, September 18, 2016 I attended an event that I had never heard of before. Its name – The Trooping of the Colour.
The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada celebrated their 150th Anniversary this weekend.
Originally formed as the 29th Waterloo Battalion of Infantry, September 14, 1866 the unit today is known as the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. The ceremony was at times emotional, and at all times impressive.
From the program I copy, “Trooping the Colour is a time honoured tradition, dating back to the 16th century. The Trooping is simply the marching of the Regimental Colour in front of the Regiment to ensure that every soldier could recognize the Unit’s banner. This was done prior to going into battle as the Colour became the rally point in the heat and smoke of battle…Today we are proud to be Trooping our Colour for the first time with the recently awarded battle honour AFGHANISTAN emblazoned on our cherished banner.
Watching the ceremony and seeing our young men and women in uniform on parade was a very proud moment, particularly because I am now the uncle of a member of The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada.
The Parade then exercised “its Freedom of the City of Cambridge by marching back to the Armoury via Water St, to Main St, to Ainslie St with bayonets fixed, drums beating and colours flying.”
Congratulations RHFC on your 150th Anniversary.