Photos of Waterloo region's Royal Highland Fusiliers celebrating 150th anniversary

The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada celebrated their 150th anniversary with a "Trooping the Colour" parade at Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in Cambridge on Sunday.

Citizen soldiers celebrate 150 years in Waterloo Region

The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada celebrated their 150th anniversary with a 'Trooping the Colour' parade at Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School in Cambridge on Sunday. (Max Leighton/ CBC)

The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada celebrated their 150th anniversary with a trooping the colour parade on Sunday.

The regiment of reservists held the event at Galt Collegiate Institute and Secondary School in Cambridge, Ont.

Reservists are citizen soldiers and are not full-time members of the Canadian Forces. They hold other jobs in addition to their military service.

"We really represent the face of the community and come from all walks of life," Lt.-Col. Mark Poland told Craig Norris, host of The Morning Edition on CBC Radio 1 in Kitchener. 

After the parade, a LAV3 (light armoured vehicle) was unveiled at the Cambridge Armoury to commemorate local veterans of the war in Afghanistan. 

The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada is made up of 170 reservists. (Max Leighton/CBC)
It is based in Kitchener and Cambridge, Ont. (Max Leighton/CBC)
The regiment predates Canadian confederation. It was established in its original form in 1866. (Max Leighton/CBC)
Its members have served in several overseas conflicts and peacekeeping operations, including the First and Second World Wars. (Max Leighton/CBC)
The Royal Highland Fusiliers have also served in Afghanistan, sending just under 50 local soldiers there. (Max Leighton/CBC)
Three members of The Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada were wounded in Afghanistan. (Max Leighton/CBC)
The tradition of trooping the colour dates back centuries in the militaries of Britain and the Commonwealth. (Max Leighton/CBC)
Trooping the colour was originally intended to display regimental colours and flags so soldiers could recognize them in battle. (Max Leighton/CBC)
As reservists, members of the regiment have other jobs. There are teachers, students, police officers and firefighters among their ranks. (Max Leighton/CBC)
The regiment is currently training for the 4th Canadian Division's Operation Reinforcement, training to reinforce the regular army. (Max Leighton/CBC)