Thousands of people gathered at CFB Edmonton on Saturday to witness the parade in honour of the regiment that fought on the frontlines of some of the fiercest battles in Canadian history.
The Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry celebrated 100 years of military service Saturday. They held a Regimental Centennial Parade, demonstrating the skill, discipline and precision of the Infantry Regiment.
It was the first time in 25 years the entire regiment — all three battalions — were together in a ceremonial parade. The last time was for the PPCLI’s 75th anniversary in Calgary.
The PPCLI were the first Canadians in combat in the First World War. They also served in the Second World War, the Korean War, the Cold War and most recently in the war in Afghanistan.
Braden Christoffer has a friend in the regiment and also plays for the Regina Pats hockey team, named after the PPCLI. He attended Saturday’s ceremony and says he is appreciative of the PPCLI and everything they have done.
“There are not too many problems going on here right now and that has a lot to do with the work that they’ve done and the history that they’ve gone through,” Christoffer said. “It shows today, the amount of people that come out and that appreciate this. It’s amazing.”
MP Laurie Hawn attended the parade, and said he felt proud seeing such a “tremendous turnout.”
“The pride is evident with the parade,” Hawn said. “Just the pride that everybody feels, in the stands and obviously those on the parade feel tremendous pride in the shoulder patch that says PPCLI and Canada. It’s just evident in everything they do.”