I was watching the Moncton Wildcats battle the Halifax Mooseheads tonight, and they paid tribute to the Department of National Defence by donning special jerseys that recognized the 50th anniversary of the Sea King helicopter. The Sea King, also known as the Sikorsky Cyclones, is specifically built for the Royal Canadian Navy under the CH-124 designation, and first arrived at CFB Shearwater on August 1st, 1963. Clearly, there is a strong tie in Halifax to the Royal Canadian Navy, so kudos to the Mooseheads for wearing these incredible jerseys. Alas, I have yet to find one available on the Internet, but it will be posted shortly, I assure you.
So exactly who is this regiment? "The Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment is one of Canada's most prestigious reserve infantry regiments. The Regiment forms part of 33 Canadian Brigade Group, with headquarters in Belleville and additional companies in Peterborough and Cobourg. The Regiment was made famous in Farley Mowat’s book The Regiment, and were recently featured in a booklet of stamps issued by Canada Post, highlighting the Regiment’s Assault on Assoro during WWII. The 'Hasty Ps' celebrated their 150th anniversary in 2013." Fantastic work by the Petes in honouring this regiment, and the uniforms look amazing. Well done!
All four clubs should be extremely proud of their efforts as we honour the men and women and their families of the Canadian Armed Forces. These are the men and women who fought for our freedoms, defend our liberties, and keep us safe from threats abroad. More importantly, Canada seemingly always is involved in peace-keeping roles, and that's something that I am extremely proud of when it comes to making people abroad safe in their homes as well.
To all the men and women who are currently serving, thank you. Thank you with all I have for your bravery, your courage, and your determination in keeping Canada and our friends around the world safe. To those who have lost someone serving in a conflict, I want you to know that your loss will not go unnoticed by this writer, and your loved one who gave his or her life is a true hero in my books.
Until next time, thank you on behalf of all of HBIC's readers!