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Westies to produce 150th anniversary book
A pictorial history book of the Royal Westminster Regiment is being developed for its 150th anniversary in 2013.
Its predecessor, the New Westminster Volunteer Rifles were put into being by Governor James Douglas on Nov. 20, 1863 and has served the County of Westminster, which ranged from Burnaby to Boston Bar, ever since.
The book will have a collection of photos, facts, memorabilia and records that has been compiled by a volunteer team.
The regiment is looking for support in its endeavour. Sponsors who contribute at least $500 will get two limited edition, numbered volumes with a custom slipcase, while those donating $150 get one. They will be presented with the books by regiment Honorary Colonel Karen Baker-MacGrotty at a book launch in November.
Standard editions can be pre-ordered for $80 and will be available in time before Christmas. Official sales start Jan. 1.
"With a fighting Westie spirit and incredible record of duty, tradition and service commencing before Confederation, the book will be of interest to readers of all ages and backgrounds," said Baker-MacGrotty in a press release. "As the Royal Westminster Regiment celebrates 150 years of valiant military service of building and protecting our community, our country and on overseas missions, this book is produced as a tribute to all our brave men and women who have served our country with such distinction."
It can be ordered online at www.vivalogueca until Sept. 7.