Military Ball set for May

Commander Matt Miller, former NAS Whidbey Island Executive Officer, far left, demonstrates some fancy footwork at a previous Military Ball. Courtesy photo

Once again the 39 Canadian Brigade Group with the Vancouver Garrison Officers’ Society extends a warm invitation to military personnel across the border to attend the Garrison’s annual Military Ball.

The ball welcomes officers and non commissioned members from foreign armed forces, the diplomatic corps, police forces and their civilian guests.

Now in its 66th year, the ball will be held on Saturday, May 21 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver.

For many personnel at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, the annual “MilBall” is an occasion to meet old friends in the Canadian military family as well as introduce new arrivals to the unique and friendly cross-border connection that has evolved over the years.

The Garrison’s Military Ball originated in 1946 as a victory celebration to mark the end of World War II and has continued ever since.

It began as the brainchild of the officers in the Vancouver Garrison to relive the euphoria at the time and to celebrate the return of troops to family and friends after six long years of war.

For many years it was considered an officers’ ball, but as time went on it was combined with the Sgt.’s Coronation Ball and now welcomes all ranks, much like the U.S. Navy Ball.

Entertainment ranges from light dinner music to a musical dessert show, featuring military band performances.

The band of the 15th Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery and Pipes & Drums of the Seaforth Highland Regiment of Canada will wrap up its performance with a salute to both Canadian and American military members by playing traditional music of the Navy, Marines, Army and Air Force.

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