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125th Freedom of the City Parade Calgary, AB

A-Channel news story "Freedom of the City" :49 seconds

Celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in 2004 meant that such a special occasion demanded a special parade. In the fall of 2003 planning began to bring together as many corps from Southern Alberta as possible for a mass parade in the fall of 2005. 

On Saturday October 2, 2004 the army cadet corps of Southern Alberta comprising of 220 cadets and officers massed for the Freedom of the City Parade in downtown Calgary. With a beautiful sunny autumn morning, the cadets corps formed up on Stephen Avenue Mall and marched onto city hall where they were halted by Deputy Chief of Police Rick Hansen. Captain Les Klapatiuk CD (2383 CC) was the parade commander, Capt Brent Wood (2137 CC), RSM was Cadet CWO Pedra Marshall (1292 CC). Mayor Dave Bronconnier read the proclamation and the ceremonial order to “fix bayonets” was given. The RCAC Royal Banner was uncased and paraded in Calgary for the first time ever. The combined corps were inspected by the mayor and deputy police chief after which the parade marched 13 blocks from City Hall to historic Mewata Armoury. Many hundreds of spectators lined the 1.5 km parade route applauding the cadets. A BBQ was catered by 14 Svc Bn and their flying kitchen for the cadets following the parade. The Army Cadet League (Southern Zone, Alberta) spent nearly a year planning the parade. A special thanks to Lt Rob Craddock, Capt Les Klapatiuk and Sgt Denny Russell (Calg Higher) for their assistance in this important event celebrating the 125th Anniversary

The corps on parade:

1292 Lord Strathcona Horse (Royal Canadians) RC(Army)CC

1955 Service Battalion RC(Army)CC

2509 Royal Canadian Signals RC(Army)CC

2137 Calgary Highlanders RC(Army)CC

2296 Royal Canadian Artillery CA RC(Army)CC, Letbridge, AB

2512 King's Own Calgary Regiment RC(Army)CC, Cochrane, AB

2383 Calgary Highlanders RC(Army)CC, Turner Valley, AB

3016 Calgary Highlanders RC(Army)CC, Airdrie, AB

3025 Didsbury Service Battalion RC(Army)CC, Didsbury, AB



Formed up in front of City Hall, Macleod Trail was closed and traffic rerouted for the parade. (Capt Chris Gerbrandt)


After the Commanding Officer knocks on the door three times, the mayor receives him. (Celine Arseneault)


Ed Liukaitis (Chairman Southern Zone Army Cadet League Alberta Branch), Rick Hanson (Deputy Chief Police), Mayor Dave Bronconnier, Capt Les Klaptiuk CD (Parade Commander) in the mayor's office before returning to the parade - (Capt Chris Gerbrandt)


Mayor Bronconnier inspecting the cadets (Celine Arseneault)


His Worship, Mayor David Bronconnier address the gusts and the cadets. (Capt Chris Gerbrandt)


His Worship, Mayor David Bronconnier address the gusts and the cadets. (Celine Arseneault)


Mayor David Bronconnier presents the Freedom of the City 125th proclamation to Parade Commander Capt Les Klaptiuk. (Celine Arseneault)


 Mayor David Bronconnier receives a plaque for the cadets. (Celine Arseneault)


The flag party carried the Canadian Flag and the new Royal Canadian Army Cadet Banner, it's first parade after it's presentation at VASCTC in August. (Capt Chris Gerbrandt)


His Worship, Mayor David Bronconnier and Deputy Police Chief Rick Hansen


The corps march back to Mewata Armoury. (Capt Chris Gerbrandt)


Back at the armoury, the corps form up before dismissal and BBQ. (Capt Chris Gerbrandt)


(Celine Arseneault)