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Westies Celebrate 150 years

On November 20, 1863, James Douglas, Governor of the Colony of British Columbia, authorized the establishment of the New Westminster Rifle Co. No. 1.  In 2013, the regiment marks 150 years since citizen volunteers formed the militia rifle company.

Over these years, members of the regiment have served in The Boer War, World War I, World War II; augmented numerous oversees deployments on UN and NATO missions including Korea, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, the Golan Heights and Sierra Leone. In addition, the unit has assisted the community by providing protection from civil unrest, providing a relief centre during the Great Fire of 1898, assisted with the Fraser River floods of 1948, aided with the Okanagan Wild Fires of 2003 and provided support to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Westies were deployed annually from 2007 to 2011 to serve in the Afghan Conflict. The Royal Westminster Regiment was granted the title "Royal" in 1967 by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in recognition of its outstanding service to Canada. The Royal Westminster Regiment is a Primary Reserve Infantry Regiment of the Canadian Forces based in the County of Westminster. 

Colonel K.E. (Karen) Baker-MacGrotty                                                              Honorary Colonel                                                                                                         Royal Westminster Regiment            

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