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Campaign to Restore the Royal Designation to Canada's Navy and Air Force a Success!

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On July 4th one of  the Canadian Air Force's Sea King helicopter is piloted by Prince William as his wife and a crowd in Prince Edward Island looks on during the 2011 Royal Tour. Today, a little over a month after their visit, Canada's government announces the reinstatement the royal designation to the Canadian Air Force and Navy.

On the hundredth anniversary of Canada's Navy accepting the royal designation from King George V on August 16th 1911, the Restore the Honour! Veterans' Campaign to Reinstate the Royal Designation to Canada's Navy and Air Force came to a successful conclusion.  In making the announcement today Canada's Minister of National Defence said the government was correcting a 'historical wrong' that was committed, when these royal honours were dropped with the unification of the Canadian Armed Forces in 1968. While most Quebec separatists in the federal opposition NDP were insulted by the move, most Canadian veterans applauded the restoration of the names as long overdue. 

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence made the following comments in his televised statement earlier today

“Restoring these historic identities is an important way of reconnecting today’s men and women in uniform with the proud history and traditions they carry with them as members of the Canadian Forces...A country forgets its past at its own peril. From Vimy Ridge to the Battle of the Atlantic and from Korea to the defence of Europe during the Cold War, the proud legacy of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force will once again serve as a timeless link between our veterans and serving soldiers, sailors and air personnel.”

Photograph byTed Harris, Historical poster
The Conservative Government of PM Harper deserves credit for this historic day. A special thanks should be given to former Liberal Senator Bill Rompkey, Veteran Cliff Chadderton, as well as Michael J. Smith  and those who campaigned and put up the royalsalute.ca web site who worked tirelessly on petitioning the government to restore the royal honour to the Canadian Armed Forces. Even though the campaign has met success, please consider signing the petition. Without question this is a great day for this dominion and her rightful heritage with the Crown and as a part of the Commonwealth. God Save the Queen, Long May She Reign!

Here are some more of the jubilant reactions to today's announcement:

"It is quite an emotional issue for our members,” says Patricia Varga, the Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion. “We recognize the importance of tradition and our enduring links to the Royal Crown. From a personal perspective, I have served in the Royal Canadian Navy as did my father, so this issue is very close to my heart”. READ MORE

"How I wish my father could still have been alive, to hear the wonderful news of this restoration; and so many other veterans who spent their last decades watching the bureaucratic takedown of their battle standards. How glad I am for the soldiers now serving, and especially for the sailors and airmen, who may rejoice. David Warren, Ottawa Citizen Columnist READ MORE

"From a monarchist perspective it is always good to see the visibility of the crown restored…for me, it underlines the fact that the military is non-partisan and that the Queen is the commander-in-chief of the military." Robert Finch, Chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada

Restore the Honour! Veteran's campaign to restore the royal designation to Canada's Navy and Air Force

Support the Campaign: http://www.royalsalute.ca

Sign the Petition: http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/restore-the-royal-designation-to-the-canadian-navy-and-canadian-air-force/signatures.html

Watch the Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UsFI1HVD22A

Follow the Blog: http://rcn-rcaf.blogspot.com/


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