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Gunner
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posted 20 June 2021 21:17      Profile for Gunner   Email Gunner   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is kind of an interesting topic that just surfaced. I could have posted it in the Artillery forum but I think we'll get more posts in the General forum.

One of the tasks Artillery units get to do is, of course, Gun Salutes. Remembrance Day, Victoria Day, Opening of the Legislature, Investiture of Lieutenant Governors, Regal Salutes, Vice-Regal Salutes, General Salutes and finally, one for Canada Day.

Canada Day, the date we celebrate the founding of our Nation (if you recall correctly from History class) is celebrated on 1 July on each year. Common sense you may say?

Not if you are part of NDHQ's Directorate of History and Heritage. In accordance with their direction (based on (A-AD-200-000/AG-000 - History, Heritage and Structure of the Canadian Forces) Gun Salutes for Canada Day will be fired on 1 July EXCEPT(!) when 1 July falls on a Sunday. What happens when the Canada Day falls on a Sunday you may ask? Well, DHH has stipulated that the Gun Salute will therefore not be fired on a Sunday rather it will be fired on 2 July (a Monday).

Why is this? Why would we fire a salute, signifying the birth of our nation, not on the actual day, rather, on the day afterwards.

Let's hear your responses! Later, I will tell you why DHH doesn't allow Gun Salutes, in honour of our Country, to be fired on a Sunday.


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posted 20 June 2021 21:48      Profile for Mike Bobbitt   Author's Homepage   Email Mike Bobbitt   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I bet I can nail this one. Gun salutes are noisy and Sundauy is a day of rest (and peace) in many religions...

I would hazard a guess that the policy errs on the side of political correctness in favour of honouring our country. (After all, isn't that what makes our country so great? )


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posted 21 June 2021 00:13      Profile for McG   Email McG   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Because it is a long weekend, if you make the gunners work Sunday they get Saturday and Monday off. by putting the Gun Salute on Monday the gunners will atleast get two consecutive days off.

I'm probably giving the DHH to much credit for thinking of the troops welfare that way. but it sounds nice.

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posted 21 June 2021 01:22      Profile for Infanteer        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Duhh...Where can you find a Federal employee who works on a Sunday...

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posted 21 June 2021 18:08      Profile for Gunner   Email Gunner   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for the response guys. When DHH was contacted I was prepared for some type of obscure ceremonial reason for the difference. Unfortunately there was not a good reason and it had something to do with soldiers working on the weekend.

Poppycock I say! Are we that wishy washy that our soldiers can't work on a Sunday to fire the Gun Salute?


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posted 21 June 2021 20:20      Profile for Infanteer        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Haa!!! I was right!!!
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posted 22 June 2021 22:50      Profile for Master Blaster   Email Master Blaster   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am not in agreement with this opinion it seems to be the most historically accurate that I can find in A-PD-201-000/PT-001.



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posted 22 June 2021 23:03      Profile for Master Blaster   Email Master Blaster   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
As I was saying before I struck the wrong key; I would respecctfully suggest that after the beating of the Retreat, signaling First and Last Post and manning the Sentries my historically accurate(?) SWAG (Scientific Wise-Assed Guess) is that the Christian soldiers of what ever religion (being the anal SOBs that they are known to be) would never consider it 'cricket' to fight on a Sunday as it was prohibitted to fire a gun or sound a bugle after Last post.

Most of the DHH staff are historically accurate but have some difficulty translating the subject matter from history to reality.

I would bet money that someone somewhere knows this obscure but irritating fact.

For me...make as much noise as we can so that the Zombies can hear us coming a couple of miles away!!! [MG]


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posted 23 June 2021 00:55      Profile for RCA     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
However before people start getting the wrong ideas...

Gunners (and I speak from experience) are like postman. rain or shine...


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posted 23 June 2021 13:33      Profile for Gunner   Email Gunner   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
RCA...I heard a rumour that your very fine Regiment would be firing the salute on 2 July vice 1 July. Any truth to that?
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posted 28 June 2021 11:22      Profile for RCA     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Truth, Bde decided to pass on that tidbit last week.

God give me strenght


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posted 28 June 2021 19:01      Profile for Gunner   Email Gunner   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I believe you can thank your sister Regiment in Saskatchewan for that one.
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posted 29 June 2021 14:49      Profile for Gunner   Email Gunner   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Apparently there is a 1982 Statute that addresses this issue (I heard it on the radio and it obviously can't be wrong). All Canada Day celebrations are suppose to be on 2 July if 1 July falls on a Sunday. My apologies to any DHH people out there.
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Just watched the "Byetown Gunners" fire a 21 gun salute, on Parliment Hill, today 01 July.
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