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Freedom of the city

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Commanding officers of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, centre, and the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) sought permission from Mayor Wayne Redekop to march through Ridgeway in a ceremony to give “freedom of the city” to the two military units to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway on Saturday.

A parade of 200 soldiers from the two regiments started at the Crystal Ridge Arena and continued up to the Ridgeway Battlefield Park where memorial ceremonies were conducted to honour the soldiers of the two regiments who fought in the battle against Fenian invaders.

Nine members of The Queen’s Own Rifles lost their lives in combat, and their names have been inscribed on a memorial plaque along with the names of others who succumbed to other causes during their deployment in and around Ridgeway and Fort Erie that summer.

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