News Release - City Grants 15 Wing Freedom of the City – June 11
City Grants 15 Wing Freedom of the City – June 11
MOOSE JAW - In the spirit of tradition and strengthening the relationship between the City of Moose Jaw and the Royal Canadian Air Force – 15 Wing, the City is hosting a Freedom of the City Parade on Saturday, June 11, 2016, beginning at 1:30 pm.
“We are pleased to host the Freedom of the City Parade with 15 Wing on June 11 to symbolize our continued partnership with the base and the Royal Canadian Air Force,” commented Mayor Deb Higgins.
This military tradition began in England during the 15th century at the time of the War of the Roses when marauding military units endangered cities. Before a city would admit a military unit inside its walls, the chief constable would demand to know the reason the soldiers wished to enter the city. The chief constable would then proceed to escort the unit commander to the chambers of the city council to determine whether the city leaders could trust the unit. If proven trustworthy, the unit was granted the privilege known as “The Freedom of the City”.
“The granting of the Freedom of the City by a municipality is one of the most esteemed honours to bestow on a military unit and we are honored to be granted this privilege,” stated Colonel Day, Wing Commander, 15 Wing Moose Jaw.
The public parade begins on Saturday, June 11 at 1:30pm at Crescent Park and will make its way to the Moose Jaw City Police Station where there will be a short ceremony.
City of Moose Jaw
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Lt Jennifer Halliwell
Wing Commander Executive Assistant / Public Affairs Officer, 15 Wing Moose Jaw
Canadian Armed Forces
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