In light of recent flooding that ravaged parts of Quebec, the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East revised many of the military activities organized to celebrate the 375th anniversary of the city of Montreal.
Scheduled to take place from May 12 to May 20, cancelled events included a military music concert, air shows, Freedom of the City Ceremony and exhibit of military vehicles and equipment.
The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), however, still held a military ball in celebration of the anniversary of the city. The mayor, other celebrities, and military dignitaries were in attendance.
Additionally, Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Montreal, which was already en route to Montreal, was stationed at the Clock Tower Pier from May 12 to May 20 and assisted in humanitarian relief efforts.
“The military activities organized as part of Montréal’s 375th-anniversary celebrations were a way for us to express our profound gratitude to the population of Montreal for their enduring support and to celebrate that which unites us: our history, our shared values, and our common heritage. However, in the current circumstances, the best way for us to thank the population and to underline the strength of the ties that bind us, is to concentrate our efforts and continue to provide assistance with the operations led by civilian authorities to help those in need,” said BGen. Hercule Gosselin, Commander, 2nd Canadian Division.