Gibbons honours regiment with Freedom of the Town

Gibbons Mayor Bill Nimmo stands on the podium as Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) pass by in procession. – Stephen Dafoe Photos

By Staff

Gibbons – With flags flying, tanks rolling, drums beating and bayonets fixed, Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) marched through the streets of Gibbons to receive from Mayor Bill Nimmo’s hands the Freedom of the Town.

The century old ceremony dates back to the medieval era and beyond to help prevent against an armed takeover of government, but is today bestowed upon a military unit as a show of the respect, affection and admiration that the citizens of a community have for the military. With Gibbons close proximity to Edmonton Garrison, there are a number of military families in the town and surrounding communities.

Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) is Canada’s only tank regiment. The day began with a parade and ceremony at 10 a.m. and the main event was followed by a mounted troop ride and military display at the Jack Hogg Sports Grounds.

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