This year marks 100 years of service by 6 Engineer Squadron to Canada and to the North Vancouver community.

To commemorate this, the City of North Vancouver re-conferred its Freedom of the City to 6 Engineer Squadron during a ceremony at City Hall on Feb. 7.

The Squadron first received this honour on July 17, 1972 which symbolized the relationship between the squadron and the city. The Freedom of the City ceremony was the first of several events planned to commemorate the Squadron’s centennial.

6 Engineer Squadron’s history in North Vancouver dates to Feb. 18, 1911 when it was stood up as the 6th Field Company of the Canadian Engineers. Major James Pemberton Fell was the commanding officer.

Since then, the unit has participated in every major conflict including both World Wars and current operations in Afghanistan.

The next centennial event is on Apr. 16.

Soldiers from 6 Engineer Squadron (as part of 39 Combat Engineer Regiment) will conduct Exercise Bridge Builder at Mahon Park in North Vancouver to demonstrate modern and historical bridging techniques to the public.

Centennial events culminate with a parade at Mahon Park on May 7, and a banquet that evening in the LCol J.P. Fell Armoury, the home of 6 Engineer Squadron.

2011 Centennial Anniversary of 6 Engineer Squadron

By Catherine Barr - North Shore Outlook, 19 Jan 2011

It was a special evening in North Vancouver last weekend as friends, family and VIP members of the community were invited to attend an informal reception to recognize the upcoming 2011 Centennial Anniversary of the 6 Engineer Squadron. Taking place at the J.P. Fell Armoury, guests had a chance to tour the 6 Engineer Squadron museum, view the Centennial Coin and ceremonial 1911 Cap Badge and hear a special presentation of the 100-year history. A great night to meet with current and former members, the evening ended with a fantastic performance by the J.P. Fell Pipe Band. The official March Past Parade and Banquet will be held at the J.P. Fell Armoury on May 7.

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