Saanich bestows Freedom of the City honour

Mayor Frank Leonard will award the Freedom of the Municipality of Saanich to the 39 Service Battalion on Saturday

  • May. 1, 2014 8:00 a.m.

Mayor Frank Leonard will award the Freedom of the Municipality of Saanich to the 39 Service Battalion tomorrow – a traditional honour dating back to ancient Rome.

The battalion, formed in 2010, provides transportation, supplies, repairs, and personnel to the rest of the 3rd Canadian Division units located in British Columbia.

“Saanich council is proud to bestow this honour upon the 39 Service Battalion,” said Leonard.

“We are grateful for their service to our community and our country.”


Two thousand years ago, the designation was given to Roman troops who had gained the trust of the local population. Today, a unanimous vote by a municipal council can bestow the honour on a distinguished unit or individual of the Canadian Armed Forces.



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