2017 is a year of many commemorations: the 150th anniversary of Confederation in Canada, the 125th birthday of host city Vernon, and, most poignantly, the 100th anniversary of the Battle for Vimy Ridge. With 600 performers on display, this year’s tattoo promises to be a reflective and celebratory exhibition of the proud history and service of our Canadian Forces. With exhilarating performances by pipers, drummers, musicians, military bands, marching troops, dancers and singers, this programme is an inspirational tribute to a hundreds-year old practice, kept alive with great vibrancy by our armed forces, army cadets and cherished veterans.
I offer my sincere thanks to the organizers, volunteers and performers, whose dedication to military music and tradition have made this tattoo such a success.
On behalf of Her Majesty The Queen and all the people of British Columbia, I wish you a most entertaining and memorable performance.