Sunday August 21, 2011

Veterans News

Holding Onto Heritage

MP Mark Strahl: I'm pleased we can correct this historic mistake today

Released by office of Mark Strahl Tues Aug 16 2011, Voice file photo


oday the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced that the Government of Canada has restored the historic designations of the Canadian Armed Forces as the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Air Force, and the Canadian Army.

Mark Strahl, Member of Parliament for Chilliwack--Fraser Canyon, applauded the restoration.

"Restoring these titles to the Canadian Armed Forces is an essential part of our government's commitment to acknowledge Canada's proud history, to celebrate our heritage, and to honour the memories of so many brave Canadians who have sacrificed so much in service to this great nation," said Strahl.

In 1968, the government of the day passed the Canadian Forces Reorganization Act which unified the Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, and Canadian Army into a single service - the Canadian Forces. As a result, the three formerly separate entities became three elements of a single institution, and were renamed Maritime Command, Air Command, and Land Force Command.

Strahl, a member of the Standing Committee on National Defence, commented on this change, saying, "An important part of Canada's heritage was lost when the three former services were required to relinquish their historic titles. I'm pleased we can correct this historic mistake today."

The move was well received by military and veterans groups, including the Royal Canadian Legion. "The Royal Canadian Legion is pleased that the government is recognizing long-standing traditions that have served us well during our military history," a statement said.


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