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The Ontario Regiment (RCAC)

The Ontario Regiment, a Canadian reserve force regiment, has a rich history of service, sacrifice, and honor. The Regiment has been headquartered in Oshawa for over 150 years and has made significant contributions to the community and the country as a whole. Oshawa’s Remembrance Day tradition of marching from the Armoury to Memorial Park started in 1920, even before the Cenotaph was built in 1926. When Oshawa became a city in March 1924, the majority of events to celebrate the occasion were held in or near the Armoury.

"September 14th, 2023, marks 157 years of Service, Sacrifice and Honour for Oshawa's own Ontario Regiment," said Lieutenant Colonel Christian Caron, Commanding Officer. "The support of our community over the years has been exceptional and our soldiers past and present are honoured. Our Regiment is proud to be recognized by the Rotary Club of Oshawa Walk of Fame."

The Regiment’s commitment to service continued between the wars, with its role changing from Infantry to a Tank Regiment in 1936. During World War II, the Regiment played a crucial role in various engagements, including “Operation Husky,” the Allied invasion of Sicily in August 1943. The Regiment fought through Italy until early 1945 and was then deployed to North-West Europe. The Regiment had 78 soldiers killed during the war1.

In more recent times, The Ontario Regiment has transitioned to a Reconnaissance unit and has participated in various missions, including deployments to Afghanistan between 2003 and 2014. The Regiment’s soldiers have also served on United Nations missions and other operations worldwide, contributing to peacekeeping efforts and international security. The Regiment’s dedication to service and its impact on the community are evident through the numerous individuals who have been affiliated with the Regiment and its cadet programs. The Regiment’s Tank Museum, located at the Oshawa Executive Airport, showcases artifacts of its history and the military history of the community, including General Motors’ war contributions. The museum is renowned for having one of the largest collections of operational military vehicles in North America.

The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) has played a vital role in preserving history, honouring veterans, and supporting the community, making it deserving of recognition and a place on the Oshawa Walk of Fame

 

 

 

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