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Approximately 120 soldiers from the 3 rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment (3 RCR), will depart from CFB Trenton on July 14 th for eastern and central Europe to conduct training with US and NATO allies, DND says in a news release.

The 3 RCR contingent, part of 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Petawawa, Ontario, will relieve soldiers from the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia s Canadian Light Infantry from Edmonton, Alberta who are currently supporting NATO immediate assurance measures.

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The Mercian Regiment Military Parade, 2014.

A parade to welcome home the soldiers from The Mercian Regiment on return from Afghanistan.

A very proud moment on the streets of Cannock Town Centre today.

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The Mercian Regiment Military Parade, 2014.

Hundreds of returning soldiers to parade through Cannock …

Over 250 soldiers from The Mercian Regiment will march through the centre of Cannock to mark their return from operations in Afghanistan. The Mercian Regiment and the Staffordshire Regimental Association will also be exercising their right to march through the town on Friday 27 June, as both organisations are granted the Freedom of the District. The parade will start at 12pm in Cannock town centre and both organisations will receive a velum scroll to mark the granting of the Freedom of the District.

The decision to grant the Freedom honour on both organisations received unanimous backing from Members of Cannock Chase Council. It grants “the freedom to march through the streets of the District with bayonets fixed, drums beating and Colours flying”. Cllr George Adamson, Leader of Cannock Chase Council, said: “With the centenary of the start of the First World War almost upon us, it has never been more important to show our respect and gratitude to serving soldiers and veterans of our Armed Forces.

The Council is committed to working with its local Armed Forces Communities and what better way to show our support and appreciation. “I hope people will turn out in huge numbers on 27th June. The Freedom honour and parade through the town is a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the District to show their support for serving soldiers and veterans, who will be marching side by side” Captain Matt Odell, Adjutant 3rd Battalion, The Mercian Regiment, said: “It is a tremendous honour for the Mercian Regiment to receive the Freedom of Cannock Chase. We are all really looking forward to parading in Cannock town centre.” The parade is also part of a homecoming tour, to celebrate the Regiment’s return from a nine month gruelling and challenging tour in Afghanistan.

Captain Matt Odell, Adjutant 3rd Battalion,The Mercian Regiment, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming the soldiers home, who have all worked extremely hard during the past nine months. “However, this immense success on operations has come with a price, and our thoughts are with the family and friends of WO2 Ian Fisher who was tragically killed in action whilst serving with A Company.” The march will begin at 12pm, with a salute taken by Lord Lieutenant, Ian Dudson. The Colonel of the Regiment, Brigadier Andrew Williams, and the Chairman of Cannock District Council, Alan Pearson will also be in attendance. The parade will be led by Commanding Officer of 3 MERCIAN, Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Davies.

A military band will also accompany the soldiers. They will also be joined by the Regiment’s mascot, Private Derby XXX (30th), a Swaledale Ram, and the Staffordshire Regimental Association Mascot, Lance Corporal Watchman. A short reception will then take place, where local soldiers will be presented with their operational service medals for Afghanistan.

Since its formation in 2007, the Regiment has spent more than two-and-a-half years in on operations in the country.

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