Canadian Tulip Festival Hosted Concert to Celebrate
Canadian Navy’s Centennial
| Credit: Cpl Tobin|
The Chief of the Maritime Staff posses with the CNC tulip
This concert road show is a major Canadian Navy Centennial’s (CNC) activity to connect with Canadians. Dubbed as “Sailors and Songs - A Musical tribute to 100 Years of Naval Service to Canada", the concert tour was aimed at bringing the Canadian Navy through a musical show highlighting over a century of history and naval service to Canada.
The musical repertoire covered the birth of the navy; the development through World War I; the build-up to World War II; the Battle of the Atlantic; the impact the navy had on Canada and its home front/families; re-building the navy through the 50’s and 60’s; our modern fleet; and finally the navy’s readiness to meet the challenges of the future.
“Our naval bands have entertained audiences wherever they perform, and for this tour they are accompanied by an informative historical display,” said Lieutenant Commander Ray Murray, Stadacona Band’s Commanding Officer.
The event was led by a master of ceremonies and included visual images/film footage and musical selections which was woven together to create a tapestry of sight and sound that accurately presents each segment. The show provided the audience with a rich and palatable experience of the Navy’s vibrant history.
This traveling musical road show is bringing 105-minutes of large-scale musical entertainment to communities across Canada between May and November 2010.
Canada’s Navy has been a national institution for 100 years and has impacted the lives of citizens from sea to sea to sea. This musical tour rekindles these relationships and builds new ones.
For more information regarding the Stadacona Band’s future engagements, please visit their web site at: http://www.stadband.ca/
Retired Rear Admiral Peter Martin Helped Celebrate
Navy’s Centennial with a Hundred Red Tulips
| Credit: Rear Admiral (Ret) Peter Martin|
Hundred Red Tulips
“The red tulips represent the current 100 years and the white one for the next 100 years,” said Mr. Martin. It was last year that he decided to pursue this initiative which would be a great way to celebrate this momentous moment for the Canadian Navy and took it upon himself to plant these beautiful flowers.
His forethought and long outstanding career are truly indicative of his devotion to the Canadian Forces and especially the Navy.
Mr. Martin joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a naval cadet in 1959, at Royal Military College. He retired in 1994 as the Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for Finance and Corporate Services for the Department of National Defence in the rank of Rear Admiral.
His career covered corporate planning, financial management and control systems, information technology and leadership of military and civilian professional staffs. During the last seven years of his military career, he became extensively involved in change management and played a major role in setting in place many renewal activities with National Defence.
In the recent past, Mr. Martin has been actively involved in the volunteer sector. He is currently a board member and the treasurer of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre, a member of the board of the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre Foundation, a member of the Audit Committee of the Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, Colonel Commandant of the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch, a Warden in St Aidan’s Anglican Church, Co-chair of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa Strategic Planning Task Force and a member of the Diocesan Synod Management Committee.