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Parade marks Freedom of the City honour

Hon. Colonel Howe Lee, Coun. Linda McPhail,  39 Service Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel L.K. Jones, a 39 Service Battalion representative, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Coun. Bill McNulty, Coun. Chak Au and Capt. Dave Wong of 39 Service Battalion (at podium).  - Jennifer Strang/City of Richmond
Hon. Colonel Howe Lee, Coun. Linda McPhail, 39 Service Battalion Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel L.K. Jones, a 39 Service Battalion representative, Mayor Malcolm Brodie, Coun. Bill McNulty, Coun. Chak Au and Capt. Dave Wong of 39 Service Battalion (at podium).
— image credit: Jennifer Strang/City of Richmond

Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie officially granted the newly-created 39 Service Battalion of the Canadian Armed Forces Freedom of the City on Saturday.

A military parade kicked off the afternoon ceremony. Members of the battalion, along with the Band of the 15th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, paraded down Granville Avenue from Minoru Park to city hall.

“This is a rare occasion as we invoke a special tradition to honour Canada’s military and the members of the new 39 Service Battalion,” said Brodie in a statement.

Freedom of the City is a traditional honour granted to military units based in a community, allowing them to parade through the city.

The new battalion is a unit created through the amalgamation of 12 Service Battalion of Richmond, 11 Service Battalion from Vancouver Island and the reorganized Chilliwack Detachment.

The new unit is based at the Colonel Sherman Armoury on No. 4 Road.

Granting military units Freedom of the City is a tradition dating back to the 17th century in Edinburgh, Scotland, according to the City of Richmond. The Community Charter allows municipal councils, through a unanimous vote, to bestow the honour on a distinguished individual or distinguished unit of the Canadian Armed Forces or another country.

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