Garrison Petawawa: Marking The Leliefontein Anniversary

The anniversary of one of Canada's most significant battle victories was marked over the weekend at Garrison Petawawa, at the home of the Royal Canadian Dragoons.

A parade and various activities marked the 118th anniversary of the Battle of Leliefontein, a battle in the South African Boer War that saw three Dragoons win Victoria Crosses for holding off enemy forces.  

The weekend always brings together current and past members of the Dragoons and their families.

Lieutenant Colonel Robert Marois says the anniversary is always a proud homecoming.

“So to me to sum up in one word, it means family.  It’s about our regimental family, all the people here on parade ... all of my family, the families of the soldiers.  It’s a homecoming to celebrate the richness of our regiment”, he told Star 96.7 News.

The anniversary is always marked close to November 7th – the actual date of the battle back in 1900.