GGFG 150th Anniversary Tree Planting and Plaque Unveiling

Section 24, adjacent to the Veteran’s Section of the National Military Cemetery

The Governor General's Foot Guards (GGFG) is the senior reserve infantry regiment in the Canadian Army located in Ottawa, our National Capital.

The GGFG are infantry reserve soldiers whose domestic operations include natural disaster or public emergency such as it did during the 1998 Ice Storm, flooding in 2017 and 2019, and during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It also involves training for international operations and support to the Regular Force on operations in countries such as Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt, Latvia, and Ukraine where troops from the regiment have deployed in recent years.

They are most known for their Ceremonial duties in Changing the Guard on Parliament Hill and Rideau Hall in red scarlets and Bearskin. providing sentries at the tomb of the unknown soldier and are part of receiving heads of States and dignitaries from across the globe. More recently, their duties brought the regiment to represent the Department of National Defence for funerals at the National Military Cemetery of Canada.

We have chosen the graves of Privates Rogers and Osgoode, the first two casualties for the regiment, for the location of this unveiling and tree planting.

The ceremony will take place in Section 24, adjacent to the Veteran’s Section of the National Military Cemetery. The event consists of the unveiling of a 150th GGFG recognition plaque and symbolic planting of the last of the Highway of Heroes trees and the first planting of the Trees for Life planting program.

There will be a special announcement from Highway of Heroes Tree Planting Campaign and Trees for Life about a new partnership with Beechwood Cemetery, the National Cemetery of Canada, and the future of their national Tree planting campaign.

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