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Friday 6 June 2014

Guest Post

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Idle Meanderings":

The Queen's York Rangers are not fundraising. The Queen's York Rangers Regimental Association is fundraising. I really hope Evelyn that you take this post and read it to make sure that you and your followers understand.

I will state out front, I am not a member of this group nor do I have any lineage to the QYRang or the Association. As a former member of another Canadian reserve unit, I understand what they are trying to do. Unfortunitly, a public member of the association (who is also a council member and provincial candidate) attracts negative comments from those on this group.

This is the mandate of the association (from their web site).

"The Association is raising funds to support initiatives that will support morale and ensure the continuation of The Queen’s York Rangers’ strong legacy well into the future.

Your donation will ensure that the Regiment’s soldiers receive important items such as care packages while overseas. Assistance is available to past and present members in financial hardship. Funds also provide for initiatives such as the outfitting of members with the traditional Blues uniform, participation at Family Day, Band events and re-enactments.

In addition, your support will help us to memorialize the traditions of The Queen’s York Rangers through the preservation of historical archives, artifacts, and the continuation of our customs.
Thank you for your thoughtful consideration towards supporting the men and women who are part of The Queen’s York Rangers Association and the Regimental family."

HRH is here to, among other things, present the QYRang with battle honours for the Guidon. The Guidon is the regimental flag and very important icon in a regiment. Battle Honours are presented to regiments to recognize contributions to various battles. One of the significant battle honours presented this time around is for Afghanistan. Battle Honours are not presented lightly. In years past, the regimental Guidon was "deposited" in a sacred place before the regiment was deployed.

I would equate the efforts of the QYRang Association along the same lines as other volunteer groups in WW1 and WW2 where they gathered things for packages to the troops. Government funding goes so far and the "treats" from home were and are welcome.

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Posted by Anonymous to Our Town and Its Business at 6 June 2014 07:36


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the clarification, 07:36.

Anonymous said...

I fully understand the Guest Post. And now I see why The Duke of York was visiting.
The Rangers have received no criticism on the Blog. And it is fine that their support group is raising funds. Others do the same.
The problem for me lies in the fact that the town which insists it does not support charities is sending representatives to these events and using them for window-dressing. The unveiling of an Auroran plaque in another town is bizarre.

Anonymous said...


Just to confirm the comment about critism.

Prior to my post here, there was a perception that the QYRang were fund-raising and the head of the Hydra, was Chris Ballard. Because of that linkage, negative Chris Ballard comments were eventually passed to QYRang. I want to make sure that the QYRang and it's rank and file are not doing the fundraising. They are doing their training - on site at the old hydro building or off site at other locations - Borden, Meaford, Fort York, Pettawawa, whereever.

So to say the QYRang have received no critism on this blog is not entirely true. My goal was to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Anonymous said...

I believe there was a question about whether or not the Rangers were fund-raising. As you may have noted, communications is not a strong suit with the Aurora web-site. There was a request for clarification which I believe you provided.