HAMILTON (October 26, 2012)…Continuing in the tradition of Connecting Canadians to Their Military, the Canadian International Military Tattoo announced today that it will dedicate the 2013 Tattoo to memory of Colonel The Honourable Lincoln Alexander, PC, CC, CD, QC who has served as Honourary Patron of the Tattoo since its inception in 1992. The 2013 Canadian International Military Tattoo, which celebrates the music and pageantry of Canada’s military tradition with the marching bands, pipes and drums, featuring over 450 of the world's finest military and civilian performers will take place Saturday, June 8th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 9th at 2:30 p.m. at Copps Coliseum in Hamilton.
“On behalf of the Canadian International Military Tattoo, I wish to express our sincere condolences to the family and announce that the 2013 Tattoo will be dedicated to the memory of our Honourary Patron, Lincoln Alexander,” said Joy Shikaze, APR, Chairman of the Board. “A true supporter of both the Tattoo and veterans, Lincoln Alexander always brought his grandchildren to this family event and proudly wore his uniform whenever possible. By veterans, we mean not only those like Lincoln Alexander who served during our 20th century wars and later in our peacekeeping operations, but also the magnificent generation of young men and women in uniform today who, like their forebears, risk their life for a noble cause – duty and service in the name of Canada.”
The Canadian International Military Tattoo is considered a Signature Event in the City of Hamilton. With the theme "IT HAPPENED HERE - IT'S HAPPENING HERE" the 2013 Tattoo will also feature a commemoration of the Battle of Stoney Creek which happened two hundred years ago in 1813. Tickets will go on sale December 1, 2012.
“The Canadian International Military Tattoo is the most exciting show west of Halifax. No other community in Ontario mounts such a spectacle. It provides a unique opportunity for our local military units to showcase their talents and history. It enhances the connection between the units and the broader community; it honours the virtues and pride of military service in general and the sacrifice of Canadians who have fallen in Canada’s wars,” added Shikaze. “The Canadian International Military Tattoo would be impossible to mount without the generosity of our sponsors and supporters such as Lincoln Alexander. We applaud and thank them for their commitment to the importance of education, history and tradition and would also like to invite new friends to come out and learn more about the astounding military history of our nation.”
The Canadian International Military Tattoo (www.canadianmilitarytattoo.ca) is an annual event celebrating Canada's rich cultural heritage of Connecting Canadians to Their Military through music. The Tattoo performances, based on an ancient military tradition are each 2-1/2 hours long featuring a vast array of international military and civilian acts.