The Edmonton Commemoration (EC) will take place in Edmonton August 7-10th 2014. This event will form the initial celebration of the Regiment’s history, and is the lead event in the major 100th Anniversary activities. The main events are open to the public, and all are encouraged to come share in the rich history of the PPCLI.
The aim of the EC is “To bring the Patricia family together in one place to celebrate our 100th anniversary.”
Centennial Dinner/Dance. This formal gala dinner event will be held at the Northlands
facility. The evening will feature a first-class meal, entertainment from the Edmonton
Police Service Pipes and Drums, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, and a DJ and dancing.
Dress will be mess dress for serving soldiers, and black tie / evening gown or Regimental
blazer for Association, Foundation, and other attendees. Not your typical mess dinner, this
event will be fun for all. The dinner will be a three course meal:
Dinner Rolls & Butter
Wild Tuscan Greens – topped with golden beets, crumbled goat cheese, balsamic dressing
and a fine drizzle of truffle oil.
Tenderloin of Beef and Lobster Tail with a rich Lobster Newburg – roasted fingerling
potatoes, heirloom carrots, asparagus and grilled pepper.
Swedish Berry Truffle – crispy toasted honey and bourbon soaked cake layered with
seasonal berries and whipped cream.
Trooping the Colours. This is the focal event of the EC and 1CMBG Military Heritage Day.
An All Colours Trooping the Colours by guards from all three Patricia Battalions will be
conducted with a senior reviewing officer and the Colonel-in-Chief in attendance. This
grand parade will demonstrate the skill, discipline, and precision of an Infantry Regiment.
This tradition dates back to the 17th century when the regimental Colour was a rallying
point on the battlefield and the Colour was trooped prior to battle for all the soldiers to see
to ensure they could recognize it. The dress rehearsal for this event will feature a
distinguished person as the Reviewing Officer.
Soldier’s Luncheon with CinC. A Soldier’s Lunch with the Colonel-in-Chief for all
Master-Corporals, Corporals and Privates serving in the Regular Force and who are
attending the EC will be held. This event replicates the dinner held in honour of Lady
Patricia’s wedding in 1919.
EC Closure. This will consist of a farewell lunch and toast to the Regiment at the
Better ‘Ole, and will include the start to the Memorial Baton Relay.
The Better ‘Ole will remain open into the night.
Centennial Golf Tournament. This tournament will be a shotgun style format and will be
held at the Edmonton Garrison Memorial Golf Course. Teams of four are welcome to
Registration Continues. A registration booth will be open on August 5th at the location of
the Better ‘Ole (The Lecture Training Facility at Edmonton Garrison.) Those who have
registered in advance will be able to pick up their registration packages at this location.
National Association Meeting. The Association AGM will be held on the morning of
8 August. See the PPCLI Association website at www.ppcliassoc.ca/ for more information.