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Regina giving 7 military units 'Freedom of the City' on Saturday

Regina will mark an age-old military practice called Freedom of the City tomorrow.

Flyby, military demonstrations planned

Members of the Royal Regina Rifles salute during the playing of O Canada at City Hall during a Support our Troops Red Friday rally on March 14, 2008. Members from the unit will be given "Freedom of the City" on Saturday. (Troy Fleece/Canadian Press)

Regina will mark an age-old military practice called Freedom of the City tomorrow.

It's happening in front of City Hall at 1:20 p.m. CST and will include a fly-over and military demonstrations from seven different units.

Here's a list of the military units that will be participating in the activities:

  • The Royal Regina Rifles
  • 10 Field Artillery Regiment
  • 38 Signal Regiment Detachment Regina
  • 38 Service Battalion
  • 16 Field Ambulance
  • 15 Wing Moose Jaw
  • HMCS Queen

Freedom of the City dates back to the 14th century — when cities were constantly under threat if soldiers came to town. 

The commander would be paraded to city hall to talk to council about why the troops were there. 

If council trusted the commander's intent, the soldiers were given the freedom to enter. 

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