the Change of Command of the British Columbia Dragoons Regiment based
In Kelowna, Vernon and Penticton, B.C, this painting represents the
almost one-hundred years of service that the Regiment has rendered to
composition represents the various roles and equipment of the Regiment
over its history. Included in the composition are unit badges of BC
Dragoons associated units and significant events in the BCD's history.
A relief map of the Okanagan in the background represents the Regiment's
ties to the region as the Okanagan's own militia unit. Also included
are road signs from two cities one - Tavullia - in Italy where the Regiment
fought bitter battles in breaking the Gothic LIne. The other - Veendam
- represents historic links to this Dutch town liberated by the Regiment
in the campaign in Northwest Europe. The Vimy memorial in the background
pays homage to the efforts of the 2 CMR's, a Regimental ancestor unit,
during WWI. The figures in the central position in the composition are
representations of a BCD Guidon Party with the addition of the soon
to be authorized new BCD Guidon Party Bearer Belt.
three figures to the right represent the participation of the BCDs in
forest fire-fighting during Operation Peregrine in 2003. The soldier
with the binoculars represents the new role for the Regiment as a light
reconnaissance unit being equipped with the the Canadian Army's new
G - Wagen vehicles. The Piper (MacGregor tartan) in the background recalls
the link to the BCD associated VC winner, Colonel John MacGregor, who
won a VC during WWI.
painting's aviation content is fulfilled by the Mars water-bomber in
the background depicted in a low-level water-drop on burning forest
again in reference to the Regimental experiences in the fight against
the forest fires that threatened Kelowna and other Okanagan Valley communities
Water-based Oil on 18x24 stretched canvas (2005).
This work was commissioned for presentation to the Regiment by the outgoing
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Cyr at his Change of Cammand
Parade on 26 November, 2005. Collection of BC Dragoons Regiment.
Note: Prints may be made of this painting
in future. Copyright retained by the artist.
more information on the history of the BCDs go to:
History at www.okmilmuseum.ca