VALCARTIER CAMP

Submitted by starosta on Tue, 12/04/2018 - 02:42
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The Legionnaires finally had a few weeks to rest after their constant travel over the past few months. They still maintained their discipline with the mornings dedicated to military drills and camp maintenance and the afternoons free for walks to explore the area or attend civic functions. The grounds around their tents were decorated with intricate designs made with coloured rocks, sand and flowers as they hosted visits from dignitaries, civic officials, the media and the public. They presented band concerts and gymnastic demonstrations that were enjoyed by the citizens and they were able to demonstrate their superb military discipline and marching skills on many occasions.
 

Regimental Flags at Valcartier
Regimental Flags at Valcartier. Photo courtesy of: Navrat Československých Legií

 

On June 18 Governor General Lord Devonshire personally welcomed them to Canada.
Then, on July 3, Quebec Lieutenant Governor Charles Fitzpatrick carried out an official inspection and presented the new colours that had just been received from Czechoslovakia to the regiment. The band played their new national anthem.


Many different gifts and tributes were exchanged as the Legion thanked Canadians for their hospitality and Canadians thanked the Czechoslovaks for their contribution and sacrifice in the war effort.

Quebec Lt Governor Charles Fitzpatrick presenting medals at Valcartier
Quebec Lt Governor Charles Fitzpatrick presenting medals at Valcartier. Photo courtesy of: Navrat Československých Legií

 

 

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