Alright, so I usually post about what someone, somewhere has written or spoken about or recorded about some aspect of Canadian military history. Sometimes, however, I get to experience a little bit of that heritage first hand. Until recently I was the curator of the regimental museum of The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa. I'm still the regimental historian of the Camerons and a member of the regimental association. All that said, today marked the turning of another page in the 150-year history of the regiment ("A" Company was formed in 1856, the regiment in 1881) when a change of command ceremony was held on the field outside of Ottawa City Hall, next to the Cartier Square Drill Hall, the home of the regiment for its entire history. This was Lieutenant-Colonel Bud Walsh's last day as commanding officer, after more than three years at the helm. Succeeding LCol Walsh was Major Boyd Aitken, the thirty-eighth commanding officer of the regiment since 1881.
The rain held off on a cloudy day here in Ottawa. The ceremony was well-conducted and very emotional but, unfortunately, rather sparsely attended. The Mayor of Ottawa, Mr. Larry O'Brien, was in attendance, however, as an honoured guest of the regiment. Any opportunity to further cement the position of the Camerons as "Ottawa's Regiment" is always a good thing. I've uploaded some photos to my Flickr account. Give them a look.