Ottawa, ON – 15th annual Fortissimo celebration, a military tattoo and sunset ceremony, began on Parliament Hill tonight. This years edition of Fortissimo, featuring massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard is commemorating the 140th anniversary of the Permanent Force.
Brigadier-General Fred Lewis, Commander Joint Task Force (Central) – Land Force Central Area, presided over the event debut as Reviewing Officer. Fortissimo 2011 features the Ceremonial Guard, including the Band and Pipes & Drums of the Ceremonial Guard, the German Army Silent Drill Team and Band, the Bermuda Regiment Band, the Bermuda Island Pipes & Drums, the Royal Canadian Artillery Band, the Dominion Carilloneur and the 30th Field Regiment – Royal Canadian Artillery, also known as the Bytown Gunners.
The Ceremonial Guard is a unique unit of the Canadian Forces composed of more than 400 Regular and Reserve soldiers from across Canada. Wearing the uniforms of The Canadian Grenadier Guards, based in Montreal, and The Governor General’s Foot Guards, based in Ottawa, the unit performs ceremonial public duties throughout the National Capital Region during the summer months. All members of the Ceremonial Guard are fully trained members of the Canadian Forces and proudly represent the more than 35,000 soldiers of the Canadian Army.
Fortissimo continues on till the 13th, stating at 7 p.m. on Parliament Hill. It is a free event open to the public.