ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

March 2017

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NEWS FROM OUR UNITS • BRITISH COLUMBIA • ALBERTA • SASKATCHEWAN • MANITOBA • ONTARIO • QUEBEC • NEW BRUNSWICK • NOVA SCOTIA BRITISH COLUMBIA COMMAND THE OKANAGAN MILITARY TATTOO - VERNON UNIT 5 The 3rd Annual Okanagan Military Tattoo was held in Vernon, B.C. on Saturday, July 23rd and Sunday, July 24th at Kal Tire Place. Hundreds of people watched a thrilling show of pipes, drums, march- ing, music, songs and dancing. The Tattoo featured the band "Okanagan Military Tattoo Pipes & Drums" with members from Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon and the Shuswap; the 15th Field Regiment marching band from Vancouver; the Regimental Pipes & Drums of the British Columbia Dragoons; the Calgary Stampede Band of Outsiders; dancers from the Okanagan and also the Sadok Ukrainian Dancers; and a very special presentation was given by the Korean Military Traditional Band. The opening performance was given by massed Pipe and Military Bands, led by the colour party of seven Unit #5 ANAVETS Members, two B.C. Dragoons, two members of the local R.C.M.P. and five members from surrounding Royal Canadian Legions.The Saturday performance by the Korean Band was their Canadian Debut. It was full of bright colours, outstanding drumming, playing of 1000 year old musical instruments, incredible singing, dancing and acrobatics, and, of course, a dragon. Their Sunday show was in honour of Canadian Veterans of the Korean War, five of whom sat in the Veteran's box enjoying the show. Towards the end of the show was an inspiring Tribute to Veterans. Led by the Colour Party, the combined bands and members of the Okanagan Army Cadets gave a somber tribute with the playing of Auld Lang Syne, Last Post, Revielle, Vanished Army and the Battle of the Somme. The Grand Finale featured all 400 members who had participated in the weekend show; we exited to a standing ovation from the audience. During the week, the 65 member Korean Band was at the Unit. The Ladies Auxiliary served evening meals to them on Wednesday and Thursday. And on Friday over 150 performers were served by the L.A. with pulled pork sandwiches and all the fixings. It was a busy weekend, but well worth the hard work. The Unit is busy and ready to host more special events this year, and most definitely next. 14 SHOULDER TO SHOULDER

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