Current and Upcoming Activities

Rangers Return to World War 1 Roots

The Rocky Mountain Rangers, Museum and the Association members had the unique opportunity to participate in the dedication ceremony of an obelisk and memorial park at Hill 70 near Lens, France. This monument is dedicated to the soldiers of the Canadian Corps who achieved victory at the Battle of Hill 70 in August 1917. While the Rangers had many soldiers deployed with the Canadian Corps, one soldier, Frederick Lee was chosen to represent the soldiers of the Rangers with a designated walkway and memorial bench. However, the task finding out just who Frederick Lee really was became an exciting journey in its own right and has been immortalized in a graphic novel as well as in a feature documentary in the near future. A Global news report can be found at the following link, https://globalnews.ca/video/3856735/piecing-together-the-story-of-wwi-soldier-frederick-lee.

While in France the soldiers of the Rocky Mountain Rangers took the opportunity to parade through the Menin Gate in Ypres and to also visit their fallen soldiers in many of the surrounding cemeteries.

Rocky Mountain Rangers passing through the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, 30 Sep 2019.

Rocky Mountain Rangers passing through the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, 30 Sep 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Rangers and Association members paying respects to fallen soldiers at Villers Station Cemetery at Villers-Au-Bois, Pas De Calais 02 Oct 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Rangers and Association members paying respects to fallen soldiers at Villers Station Cemetery at Villers-Au-Bois, Pas De Calais 02 Oct 2019.

Hill 70 ceremony “flypast”, 02 Oct 2019.

Hill 70 ceremony “flypast”, 02 Oct 2019.

Captain Steve Filyk, Padre, Rocky Mountain Rangers and Major (Retd) Wendy McKenzie, MMM, CD and Association member, discovered a direct descendant, Private Fred Chester, a soldier of the 47 Bn, in Villers Station Cemetery, at Villers-Au-Bois, Pas De Calais 02 Oct 2019.

Captain Steve Filyk, Padre, Rocky Mountain Rangers and Major (Retd) Wendy McKenzie, MMM, CD and Association member, discovered a direct descendant of Maj McKenzie’s, Private Fred Chester, a soldier of the 47 Bn, in Villers Station Cemetery, at Villers-Au-Bois, Pas De Calais 02 Oct 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Rangers at the Hill 70 dedication ceremony, 02 Oct 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Rangers at the Hill 70 dedication ceremony, 02 Oct 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Ranger’s wreath at Vimy Ridge 01 Oct 2019.

The Rocky Mountain Ranger’s wreath at Vimy Ridge 01 Oct 2019.

Upcoming Events

  • O1 Jan 2020 New Year’s Levee, 1100-1600, Royal Canadian Legion, 425 Lansdowne Street, Kamloops, BC
  • April 2020, release and screening of the Finding Fred, a documentary detailing the journey to discover more about Pte Fredrick Lee, who is immortalized on the Hill 70 Memorial.
  • The Rocky Mountain Ranger Reunion, Sep 18-29, Kamloops, BC. More information to come.