August 8, 2014 1:32 pm

CFB Shilo soldiers to run relay from Edmonton to Ottawa

Canadian soldiers will run a five-province relay to commemorate the Princess Patricia Light Infantry's contributions during the First World War, including losses at Vimy Ridge in France.

Stuart Greer / Global News

EDMONTON – About 50 soldiers are set to run a relay across five provinces to retrace a route used by troops before the First World War.

The memorial baton relay marks the 100th anniversary of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.

The run by soldiers from the regiment’s 2nd Battalion, based at CFB Shilo in Manitoba, is to begin in Edmonton on Sunday.

It will follow a route used by original Princess Patricia’s troops as they were called to service in 1914.

The runners will carry a baton with the names of 1,866 regiment members who have fallen in action.

The 24-community relay through Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec is to conclude in Ottawa on Sept. 18.

READ MORE: World War I: 100 years later, cause remains a mystery

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