June 18, 2019 10:27 am
Updated: June 18, 2019 10:43 am

2019 Calgary Stampede honorary parade marshal pays tribute to WWI

Brig.-Gen. Stephen Lacroix will serve as the 2019 Calgary Stampede's honorary parade marshal.

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The Calgary Stampede announced Tuesday that its 2019 parade will pay tribute to a special part of Calgary’s history with an honorary parade marshal.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the so-called Victory Stampede, which was held to commemorate the end of the First World War. As such, officials have named Cmdr. 3rd Canadian Division Brig.-Gen. Stephen Lacroix as the parade’s honourary marshal.

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Calgary Stampede president Dana Peers said the Victory Stampede was created to build community spirit in Calgary, which was struggling in the aftermath of the war.

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“Celebrating 100 years since the Victory Stampede is truly amazing,” Peers said in a news release. “It is inspiring that the community continues to join together like they did in 1919 following the First World War.”

“I am honoured to have Brig.-Gen. Stephen Lacroix join us in the parade as a symbol of our tribute.”

Lacroix will ride in the 2019 parade escorted by two officers from the Lord Strathcona Mounted Troop.

“It is a privilege to continue the Canadian Army’s long partnership with the Calgary Stampede,” Lacroix said. “2019 is a year of great significance for 3rd Canadian Division, and our participation in the 100th anniversary of the Victory Stampede both honours and celebrates this.”

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On Thursday, July 4, the Royal Canadian Mint will unveil a silver collector’s coin celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Victory Stampede at Stampede Park.

The 2019 Calgary Stampede runs from July 5 to 14.

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