The Prime Minister of Canada was bestowed with the title of honorary member of the Royal 22e Régiment this week, a unit that was the only French‑speaking Canadian one to fight on the battlefields of the First World War.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, dignitaries, and friends of the regiment, gathered at the Citadelle de Québec, the Regiment’s home, where Trudeau was conferred with the title of honorary member of the unit by LGen. (ret’d) Richard J. Evraire, Colonel of the Royal 22e Régiment.
After being received by the regiment’s military authorities, the Royal 22e Régiment Ceremonial Guard gave the Prime Minister top honours with the sounding of a 19-gun salute.
“We are very happy and honoured to bestow this title upon the Prime Minister of Canada, who has shown on multiple occasions his admiration for the accomplishments of our regiment. The legendary achievements and extraordinary military feats of the Royal 22e Régiment are a reflection of the pride and courage of French Canadians. This year, on the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation, which is also the 100th anniversary of Canada’s great victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Royal 22e Régiment is happy to have a new honorary member to serve the country and to uphold the values of Canadians,” said Evraire, Colonel of the Royal 22e Régiment.
Known as the 22nd Battalion during the First World War, the unit earned 18 battle honours for its extraordinary military feats.
For more than 100 years, Royal 22e Régiment has been developing and strengthening ties with prominent members of the federal, provincial, and municipal institutions in order to salute and thank them for their support of the Canadian Armed Forces and, in particular, the Royal 22e Régiment.