What a great event yesterday for the official launch of Richmond’s 200th Anniversary and unveiling of the official logo!
It was wonderful to see over 50 people come together to start building excitement and momentum towards 2018.
The event featured a parade of dignataries and the organizing committee, lead by members of the Royal Canadian Legion Richmond Branch 625 and a bag piper.
Rev. Michel Dubord of St. John the Baptist Anglican Church lead all those assembled in a prayer for the community of Richmond.
Cydney Green lead us through the planning completed so far, introduced the organizing committee and gave us a preview of work to come.
We learned from Tino Bevacqua that $20,000 has already been raised, mostly from some generous sponsors who were introduced to the crowd.
Mayor Jim Watson, Councillor Scott Moffat and Member of Parliament for Carleton Pierre Poillievre all lent their support to Richmond’s 200th Anniversary and committed to staying engaged.
Of course, the event was also graced with the presence of Sir Charles Lennox, the 4th Duke of Richmond and the dastardly fox who brought about his demise.
Following the outdoor event, which was blessed by fantastic weather, the procession moved in to the arena. There, people were treated to a fantastic lunch, cake, a first look at the really cool Richmond 200 merchandise and the chance to catch up with friends and neighbours.
UPDATE: Check out media coverage of the event in the Stittsville News: http://www.ottawacommunitynews.com/news-story/6557107-richmond-s-200th-anniversary-celebrations-coming-up-in-2018/