18 Feb 2018
RCR Museum

***Important Notice***
The RCR Museum provides a valuable service to Canada, London and The Regiment. They urgently require volunteers to man the front desk for only three hours a week. They are in desperate need of people especially during the summer months. For further information and contact personnel please visit the following link:


PDF Edition of the 2017 Veterans Benefits Guide
A user-friendly publication designed to help veterans get the benefits they deserve.

Budget 2017 includes a number of items of direct interest to members of the Defence Team.

Among them:

  • The creation of a new Veterans’ Education and Training Benefit to provide up to $80,000 to veterans in support of post-secondary education.
  • Re-establishing lifelong pensions as an option for injured veterans. This will provide an option for injured veterans to receive their Disability Award through a monthly payment for life, rather than in a one-time payment.
  • Undertaking a transformation of both DND and Veterans Affairs Canada programs to ensure that women and men in uniform have a better transition from the Canadian Armed Forces to Veterans Affairs Canada.

    The Budget also reaffirmed the following:

  • In support of the Government’s plan to replace Canada’s legacy fleet of CF-18 fighter aircraft, it will explore the acquisition of 18 new Super Hornet aircraft to supplement the CF-18s until the permanent replacement arrives.
  • A Canada-led multinational NATO battlegroup in Latvia as part of the Alliance’s enhanced Forward Presence in Eastern Europe, and a renewal of Operation UNIFIER, its support for Ukraine’s efforts to maintain sovereignty, security and stability.
  • A commitment to international peace operations. Up to 600 well-trained Canadian military personnel have been pledged for possible deployment as part of a broader whole-of-government approach that includes political, security, development and humanitarian responses to conflict situations.
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Regimental News

The RCR Catechism 2017

Follow the link below for the latest copy of the RCR Catechism:

The RCR Catechism 2017

Subject: Change in wearing of miniatures

There was a relatively recent change that occurred in 2013, though it took a while to be promulgated. Perhaps you had already learned this ... I have only recently.

The Chancellery updated their booklet on how to wear your gongs. Prior to this miniatures were limited to evening dress and Mess Dress. Now they are worn with business suit or blazer and flannels to events commencing after sundown.


Full-size insignia are worn for all occasions before sundown and sometimes in the evening for certain occasions: Parades and other military ceremonies: change of command, consecration of colours, graduations, military funerals, etc. Remembrance Day and any other commemorative ceremonies
The Speech from the Throne
State funerals
New Year’s Levee
Investitures (presentation of honours ceremonies)
Guide for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals ... gg.ca The Canadian Honours System Guide for the Wearing of Orders, Decorations and Medals

Next Colonel of The Regiment

From: CMR Canadian Military News
His Excellency, The Right Honourable David Johnston, the 28th Governor-General of Canada, will become the next Colonel of The Regiment of The Royal Canadian Regiment. Mr. Johnston will replace Major-General (Retired) James Ivan Fenton in a ceremony in Kingston on August 5, 2018.

From the Commanding Officer, 4RCR


The RCR Association


(link to the Plan)

From: 4RCR Council President
LCol (ret'd) Barry Graham

1RCR Regimental Colours mural

Sent: June 16, 2018 7:42 PM

PA06-2018-0131 Attendees gathered on 13 June, 2018 at the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (1 RCR) Drill Hall in Petawawa, Ontario for the unveiling of the Battalion Colours Mural painted by Corporal (Cpl) Edward Turner. Cpl Turner has been working on the painting for the past year, creating it in sections that together measure 22 x 27 feet. This is the first time is has been assembled and is now displayed on the outside wall of the 1 RCR drill hall. June 13 2018, Petawawa Ontario. Pictures by Cpl Guy Boudreault

It was decided by the 1 RCR’s internal Senate, the Colours needed to be redesigned to include the Afghanistan Battle Honour, so in 2013 new Battalion Colours were designed. The Directorate of History and Heritage approved the design in 2016.

“The colours are usually a flag-sized physical product, and it’s going to be several years before any actual physical colours will actually be presented. The unit asked Cpl. Turner if he could take that and kind of turn it into a painting so that members of the unit could see the colours years in advance before they’re actually set to be produced,” said Major Marc Kieley, Deputy Commanding Officer, 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment.

The history of the Battalion Colours dates back before the 17th century when they were carried into Medieval battles. The Colours are the greatest possession of the regiment and the battalions that carry them. They are always protected and honoured wherever they’re displayed.

Cpl. Turner felt this was a great opportunity and honour to paint the mural and give back to the unit he’s served with for the last decade. This will be Cpl. Turner’s last year in the military and plans to transition into a career in art.

“Hopefully, this will help him with a foot forward into his next career as a potentially professional artist,” said Maj. Kieley.

Happy 97th Birthday Prince Philip

From: Brian Colgate
Sent: June 10, 2018 4:30 AM
Happy 97th Birthday, Prince Philip
Pro Patria

135th Anniversary Reunion of The Royal Canadian Regiment

From our Branch in Kingston. Please pass the word. This event is open to all serving and retired Royal Canadians. As well, anyone who has served with the Regiment regardless of cap badge, is invited to attend. Note the link to the Facebook page.

"Kingston Branch of the RCR Association will be hosting the 135th Anniversary Reunion of the Royal Canadian Regiment in Kingston, Ontario 3-5 August 2018. The link to our Reunion Facebook page is attached. Our Reunion Organizing Committee is formed under Kingston Branch President Rusty Bassarab and lots of work is already underway. Please "like" our FB page, which will later be one of the portals for information and will include links to other useful sources. We hope that you will join us for a great event. Pro Patria."


Pro Patria

Bob McBride Chairman, National Board of Directors The RCR Association

The Victory Legion


Retired Members News

From: LCol (ret'd) John Cook, CD

London Branch, The RCR Assoc. Pachino Luncheon: It was great to see Sherry Atkinson, who landed with the RCR in Sicily & . Other of our old friends were: Scotty Martin, Jim Ziegler, Jim Treavors, Jack Driscol, Joe Kowalewski, Joe Hleba Roy Goldik, Gary Willeart, Barry Graham Chris Lawrence, Doug Hogg, Henry Klausnitzer,, Sam Carr, Joe Bennett & Ed Lapoint.....Great Turn-out

Updates: Sammy Carr, is still having feet problems, but looks good. Joe Bennett is now on oxygen.
Heard from Bruce Jeffery yesterday. Some decent news: Based on his last Scan: the cancer on his kidney has shrunk, however, there is another small cancer cell that has attached itself to the main cancer cell........the Doctors are sure that they will kill this new cell with Chemo, next week.
Heard from Diane Lindsay. a couple of weeks ago. She and Murray Wood's Wife are coping after Loses. Diane is going to try to get in touch to see how Jean Ricketts is fairing. If any of you have a moment, please say hello to Diane.
Barry Graham & Gary Willeart drove to Goderich to see Dave Bell. Although, not very well Dave seems to be in good spirits and has stopped smoking. Once again: If any of you have a moment, please say hi to Dave.
Heard from Jane Fullick.......as you know John is waiting to go on the list for Kidney transplant, I know Joe Hleba sees John & Jane frequently, but again, If any of you have a moment, please say Hi to John.
I have no update on Bill Russell, at this time, but will by my next email.
Brian Colgate is living on the West Coast & taking care of his terminally ill sister.
I have no other updates at this time. In closing:
Stay well, old Friends.
The Pacino Luncheon was my first week without my shoulder replacement surgery sling......shoulder is tired & aching. It was also the first week that I could drive again.
All the best, to all of you;
PS; I now can't get through the metal detectors at Airports, :).

LOB's (in hospital)


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