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Liberation of Holland 2020 Tour

Good morning to all,

We now have the website up and running, please take a look.  You have to register through the website so I hope to see many of you on this tour to remember The Royal Regiment of Canada’s involvement in the Liberation.  The Dutch cherish our fallen and keep them loved and not forgotten.  Let’s show our appreciation to them.

Start saving and remember, the group air price is only held until 1 Jan 2020, if you plan on taking advantage of that please get your registration in before that date.

Warriors Day Parade 2021 – Commemorative Stamp and Coin Petition’ Day Parade Petition

Help Us Celebrate!

After 100 years of proud history on these grounds honouring our veterans, you can join us in the celebration in 2021 by signing a petition today that will encourage Canada Post and The Royal Canadian Mint to issue a commemorative stamp and coin, respectively. If you agree that our heritage should be featured in this way, please add your voice by signing!
To: The Royal Canadian Mint and Canada Post

Whereas the Warriors Day Council has been organizing the Warrior’s Day Parade on the Exhibition Grounds since 1921 to honour the sacrifices made by our brave men and women in uniform”

Whereas thousands of people join in these celebrations every year in the exhibition grounds. 

Whereas this proud tradition deserves to be commemorated for its heritage, cultural, military and human value. 

We the undersigned join the Warrior’s Day Council in urging you to issue a commemorative stamp and coin to celebrate this event’s centenary in 2021.

Regimental Association VIP Showing of They Shall Not Grow Old Wed Oct 30 18:30



The Royal Regiment of Canada Association and regimental family invite you, Toronto’s Military Community and Friends, to join us for a private showing of “They Shall Not Grow Old”. An award winning and critically acclaimed documentary of the first world war.

Setting interiews from soldiers against exhaustively colourized and enhanced footage filmmaker Peter Jackson lets the men who did the fighting do the talking. Life on the front is explored and humanized through their experiences as they speak, not to its battles, but to the camaraderie, loss, hope and inedible rations of “The Great War”.

We are eager to share this critically-acclaimed film with you. All proceeds will be donated to The Royal Regiment of Canada Foundation’s Museum Fund to help us protect the artifacts and generations to come. Donations of $100.00 or more will receive a charitable tax receipt.

Cost is $15.00 per ticket for admission. Seating is limited. We encourage you to purchase your tickets early.

To see the official trailer of the movie, go to or to learn more, go to


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

There are no ID or minimum age-requirements.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is limited. It is recommended that you use public transportation. The Bathurst and Bloor St subway station is within easy walking distance.

What can I bring into the event?

The venue is licenced and operates a confectionary stand. No outside food or drinks are allowed.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

It is recommended that you bring a printed ticket to expedite entry to the venue.

Update: CF Veteran’s Service Card

  • The new Veteran’s Service Card will be available this coming summer to anyone who served in the Canadian Forces and was released before 2016.
    Unlike the old NDI 75 photo ID card issued years ago to Members who left the CF with at least 10 years of service, the new requirements are very much easier.

    Completed basic training and were honourably discharged from the CF?  You qualify for the new Veteran Service Card! (So almost 99% of us should qualify for this new photo VSC card! – Example: I recently met a now 69 year-old man, who was a recruit in the 6-week summer Student Militia Program I helped to run in 1967. He passed basic training, but quit the Militia by the end of 1967. Legally, he is a Veteran and qualifies for the Card!)

    Google “Veteran Service Card” and presently the latest info is of April 2019. You can also call Veterans’ Affairs Canada at 1-866-522-2122.
    At present it has not yet updated to Vets with service before 2016, but it is the same 2-page printable application form that is available on line. Veterans with pre-2016 service cessation can apply as of the summer of 2019 on.
    Fill it in, add a passport quality photo, plus a photocopy of a government issued ID, like a driver’s licence. Send it in……and “hurry up and wait.” The Veteran Service Card should eventually arrive in the mail.

    The Veteran’s Service Card is valuable for several reasons in establishing that you have served in the CF.  There are many discounts and more hidden  perks:

    • These include 25% off any VIA Rail fares, 3 or 4 pieces of luggage checked for free on Air Canada and West Jet and numerous 10 to 20% discounts at hotels, restaurants, car rentals etc. 
    • Incidentally, VIA Rail is currently running a special 40% off (instead of 25% off) this summer (till Sept. 2019) for CF personnel, Veterans and accompanying family on the 4-day sleeping car trips between Toronto and Vancouver. If booking, make sure you join the free affinity program called “Via Preference”.
    • But beyond these nice benefits of convenience and “frippery”, there are some very important and serious benefits, as we all get older. Imagine that at some (hopefully) ripe old age it is decided you need to go to a proper government licensed Nursing Home, where waiting lists are typically from 5 to 13 months in the GTA and Southern Ontario. – A little known fact is that many nursing homes have a number of beds (sometimes 3% to 5%)  reserved for Veterans. (True, but not advertised. But ask!)
    • If there are no Veteran applicants when a bed opens up, it goes to another applicant. With a Veterans Service Card in your wallet your loved ones can immediately establish your Veteran’s right to such a reserved bed. The Nursing Home will usually wait no longer than 24 to 48 hours, before deciding who gets the newly available bed. That is usually not enough time to hunt up your by then decades old paper records of military service. So apply for your Veteran Service Card in 2019, and let loved ones know what it can do for you, and where you keep it. Better yet have your loved ones make a photo copy or two, so proof will be handy when it is eventually needed, hopefully, many years in the future.
    • The Veteran’s Service Card will also ensure your loved ones (or decision makers) will have access to greatly discounted funeral cremation lots in sections reserved for Veterans, when that time eventually comes. Most cemeteries have that option. (When I helped to bury my 84 year-old friend Bernie here in Kitchener in July 2018, his meagre estate saved almost 50%, because we had proof he had served in the Militia for 2 years in the early 1960’s.)
    • Lastly, for deceased Veterans with very little or no money, there is the Last Post Fund administered by Veterans’ Affairs Canada. This Fund pays for a simple but decent funeral for a Veteran with little or no money. And family or friends can claim for funeral expenses that they had paid, for up to a year after the Veteran’s death.  For further information on the Last Post Fund call 1-800-465-7113. See the website link below

If you have any questions, Please reach out to the Veterans Concerns Committee (VCC) Chair – Alan Nanders – [email protected]

Green Beret Tips

Green Beret Tips:

You’ll want to cut out the inner liner of the Beret just above the inseam Black Band. This will make it easier to form. To form, soak in luke warm water and form when wearing it until it dries out. Also, you may or mayn’t have to adjust the Black ties at the back. I normally wouldn’t and leave free then tuck underneath when you wear. Cap badge, for Kings Crown you’ll probably have 2 loop holes on back which you’ll need a small screw driver to poke holes thru ensure they’re parallel and center the badge on the Front of the Beret. then put the loop holes thru and use the pin to fasten. For the Red backing, I recommend a small Red Felt Circle or Square to cover only the insides of the Prince Of Wales Plum gapes on each side and not the other gapes in the badge. For the Queens Crown usually it’s a slide on the back so you’ll probably have to cut a slit on the Front of beret and put on center of the Beret. In both cases ensure the Red backing is behind badge when you’re putting the badge on the Beret.

Update: CNE Warriors’ Day – Sat Aug 17 2019 – FYA – 09:00 hrs

CNE Warriors’ Day – Sat Aug 17 2019 – FYA – 09:00 hrsDress:Association #2 Summer Dress – Green Beret with Cap Badge, White Collar Short Sleeve Shirt Double Breast Pocket with Ribbons, Name Tag, Slip-ons & Lanyard, Grey Pants & Black walking shoes.


09:00 hrs – FYA (inside)

09:30 hrs – Practice

10:00 hrs – Move across street to gorge area to form up area and ensure we get checked in and our respective markers.

10:30 hrs – Parade commences

NOTES: You can get a Green Beret and White Shirt at Nicks Sports Shop (Yonge\Wellesley). Beret’s are $20 (Option to order online from Canex) and White Shirts are prob the same price if not cheaper. If you need a cap badge best places to find are military\antique stores. They should be $20. You should be able to get a name tag at places that can replace keys.I have slip ons & lanyards at Home and I’ll bring down on the day of the parade. If you need tickets for your family please advise how many by NLT Tues July 9th. I’ll submit and get (I’ll add extras just in case). We don’t need a ticket just ensure you get stamped when you leave to go back in later.

Parking is limited,

First come – First served.

GO, TTC etc are free.

Please review and advise.