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1 The Colours: “The Soul of a Regiment” Capt Michael O’Leary, CD, The RCR Organization of Military Museums of Canada – 24 May 2013

2 What are they? Who receives Colours? Connections. Emotional – Social – Historical. Lifespan Presentation – Parades – Troopings – Laying Up. Current regulations Churches, Museums and Public Buildings? Colours in London, Ontario Who owns them after they are laid up? Regimental Colours

3 What are they? – A Stand of Colours

4 What are they? – The Queen’s Colour

5 What are they? – The Regimental Colour

6 What are they? – Emblazonment

7 Who receives Colours? Single Colour: Maritime Command (Queen’s Colour) Armour Regiments Horse guards and dragoon Guard (Standard) Others (Guidon ) Operational flying squadrons (25 yrs service of Sovereign’s special appreciation) Stands of Colours: Air Command Royal Military College Infantry and airborne battalions.

8 Who carries them? – Infantry Regiments R 22e R PPCLI Lorne Scots Fus de Sher Rocky Mtn Rgrs Calg Highrs

9 Who carries them? – Armoured Regiments GGHG 1 st Hussars Windsor R

10 Who carries them? – Operational flying squadrons 434 Tactical Fighter Squadron Presented 1977 Laid Up 1988 Cathedral Church of All Saints, Halifax, NS

11 Connections Emotional Social  Regimental families  Family Regiments  Community  Congregation Historical  Wars and Battles  Recruiting and Reinforcements  Returning Troops and Legacies

12 Lifespan – Presentation

13 Lifespan - Parades

14 Lifespan - Trooping

15 Lifespan – Laying Up

16 Current Regulations The Honours, Flags and Heritage Structure of the Canadian Forces (A-AD /AG-000) Historical Reference Old Colours Never Die, by Francis Dunbar and Joseph Harper, 1992 (out of print) – reprint projected for late 2013 by Service Publications

17 Placement Churches, e.g., St Paul’s Cathedral Museums, e.g., The RCR Museum Public Buildings, e.g., Hall of Colours, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa

18 Colours in London – St Paul’s Cathedral

19 UnitPresentedLaid Up 7 th Battalion Fusiliers th Regiment, Fusiliers th Bn, Middlesex Light Infantry st Canadian Infantry Bn, CEF th Canadian Infantry Bn, CEF rd Canadian Infantry Bn, CEF nd Canadian Infantry Bn, CEF rd Battalion; The RCR (Militia) 1959 (Q) th Battalion; The RCR (Reserve) 1959 (R) 1969 (Q) 2008

20 Colours in London – St Paul’s Cathedral 26 th Battalion, Middlesex Light Infantry 7 th Regiment, Fusiliers

21 Colours in London – St Paul’s Cathedral 1 st Cdn Inf Bn, CEF 33 rd Cdn Inf Bn, CEF 142 nd Cdn Inf Bn, CEF

22 Colours in London – St Paul’s Cathedral

23 Colours in London – Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church

24 Colours in London – The RCR Museum

25 Colours in London – Wolseley Barracks Officers’ Mess

26 Ownership “All Colours which have been consecrated and presented to a unit of the Canadian Forces (CF), whether donated or provided at public expense, are and remain Crown property in perpetuity, and are controlled by the Department of National Defence on behalf of the Canadian government.” “If deposited or laidup, they are the responsibility of the custodian and must remain accessible to the public.”

27 Questions?

28 The Regimental Rogue regimentalrogue.com The Minute Book - regimentalrogue.com/blog/


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