This summer, celebrate your history at the colourful RCMP Sunset-Retreat Ceremony presented by RCMP Academy, ‘Depot’ Division. Join us for this FREE, bilingual Canadian Signature Experience starting on Canada Day (July 1st) and the five following Tuesday nights.
The Ceremony includes the Cadet marching band, a canon drill, the lowering of the Canadian flag, the March Past, and RCMP Cadets performing dismounted cavalry drills while dressed in the famous scarlet tunic.
Individuals who require additional assistance should arrive early so staff can ensure a spot on one of the wheelchair accessible people movers to escort you.
HISTORY OF THE SUNSET-RETREAT CEREMONY
This ceremony is an old British military tradition dating back to the 18th century, and is referred to as a “military tattoo”. The term “tattoo”, derived from an old Dutch word meaning “turn off the taps”, comes to us from the 17th century when a soldier’s life was strictly controlled by his regiment. The daily routine of a military post was signaled by the beat of a drum.
At sunset, a lone drummer was sent into the streets of town to beat out a tattoo. It was the signal for the tavern owners to close down for the night and for military personnel to return to the post. When the latter were back at the post, the flag was lowered in a ceremony marking the end of another day.
Admission to this event is FREE.
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time:
Monday, July 1
Tuesdays, July 9, 16, 23, 30
Tuesdays, August 6, 13
Gates open at 5:30, pre-show starts at 5:45, and the full show starts at 6:45! Please be seated by 6:30 pm
This is an outdoor event so please dress accordingly and please bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating. In the case of inclement weather, events will be cancelled.
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RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Ave, Regina, SK CANADA S4T 0P4
Free parking is available at the RCMP Heritage Centre, including bus and motor coach parking. From there, it is a short walk to the Sleigh Square.