Regimental Association

The Royal Canadian Dragoons Association

The Royal Canadian Dragoons Association is dedicated to fostering, maintaining and promoting the traditions, well being and esprit de corps of The Regiment.

We are composed of retired and serving members of the Regiment and those who have served with and supported The Royal Canadian Dragoons both at home and abroad.

The aim of the Association is two-fold: firstly, a portal where past and present Dragoons and their families can reach out to each other to re-establish old friendships; and secondly, to keep current on regimental activities.

Once a Dragoon, always a Dragoon!
Audax et Celer.

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Message From the Association PResident

It’s been six short years since, with great pride I assumed the duties and responsibilities of the President of The Royal Canadian Dragoons (RCD) Association. As a former Regimental Sergeant Major 2003-2006, I have lived many joyful memories of this fine Regiment and look forward to continuing to serve in any capacity.

Dragoons, Ladies and Gents,

We continue to enjoy the spirit of fun, laughter and cohesion, felt by many since 1883. Please read on and enjoy the full spectrum of our serving and retired combined website. We as an association hope you will join us at some point, regardless of rank, amount of service served, or even trade. We have served in various capacities from training together in Germany, Petawawa or deployed to Combat roles during operations, World War II, Korea,  Vietnam, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and beyond just to mention a few. We need to tap into those who have yet to join us and to rekindle old relationships or find new ones. We have many new members and fostered many new relationships with our combat supporting and combat service supporting arms as well. We still have a ton of memories to share. Regardless of time, positions you or anyone else held. Being a Dragoon is a mind set, it’s about people. We all shared the values of Duty with Honor, and Integrity, together.

Keep up and keep in touch!

Who are we anyway?

We are an Association of retired and serving members of Canada’s Senior Armoured Regiment and we can be found in regional Chapters all across the country. We are a friendly bunch, always willing to welcome new faces to our humble group, always willing to lend a hand and always willing to talk about the Regiment and it’s service to our country.The Association exists to foster, maintain and promote the traditions, the wellbeing and the esprit de corps of the Regiment; we provide advice, assistance and guidance to the Colonel of the Regiment and the Guild of the Royal Canadian Dragoons. We help to ensure the essential purposes of the Regiment are maintained and that the Regimental Family speaks with a common voice on matters of Regimental concern.Equally important, however, is the fact that we look after each other. Because of our regional organization, retired, former or still serving members of the Regiment can always get together with old friends without traveling long distances and help is usually just a phone call away. Every two years, the Association hold a national Reunion, usually at a different place each time during the month of June.However, the individual Chapters hold many welcoming events throughout the year. Summer BBQs, lunches and dinners corresponding with major Regimental celebrations such as the Leliefontein weekend, the Regimental Birthday, Leeuwarden, Remembrance Day or whatever reason comes to mind at the time, they’re the real reasons the Association exists - keeping the Regimental Family in touch.The Association was formed in 1974 with Brigadier EAC (Ned) Amy, acting in his capacity as Colonel of the Regiment, serving as the first President and convening the first meeting of the Association in the Armouries of the Royal Canadian Hussars in Montreal on the 26th of October of that year. The Royal Canadian Dragoons Association was granted Letters Patent effective 15 June, 1976, and the Chapters began forming in their regions shortly afterwards. Membership in the Association is through the individual Chapters and for a minimal price, brings with it subscriptions to the Association’s annual newsletter “The Dragoon”, and as an added bonus we have now combined with the “Springbok” the serving member’s annual newsletter.Individual Chapters also produce opportunities to keep in touch. As a result, the Association is doing well but it is always ready to welcome new members and I urge you to contact the Chapter representative found below in a link and talk to them about becoming a member.I recommend that you visit our RCD Assn Facebook page as much as possible as there is a fountain of information and it changes like the waters beneath the ground. There are lots of opportunities to keep up with the Regiment and with the Assn Members and I urge you become a member and keep in touch with all of your old friends.

Mr. Denis Levesque
President
Royal Canadian Dragoons Association

Available Publications

DRAGOON: THE CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS 1883-1983

Available at the RCD Kitshop
31 Passchendaele Rd., Bldg. C-57
Petawawa, ON, K8H 2X3

613-687-5511 Ext 7505

INTO THEIR SECOND CENTURY: THE ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS 1983 - 2018

Available at the RCD Kitshop
31 Passchendaele Rd., Bldg. C-57
Petawawa, ON, K8H 2X3

613-687-5511 Ext 7505

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Leeuwarden 2022

On Thursday, 14 April 2022 The Royal Canadian Dragoons held a parade for our 77th annual celebration of the Liberation of Leeuwarden. We were fortunate to have the Van Dyke…

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Supporting the Regimental 2022 IRON WARRIOR Team

Exercise IRON WARRIOR is a physically and mentally demanding event, run annually at Garrison Petawawa by 2CMBG. It consists of a series of marches, portaging and canoeing along the Ottawa…

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Dragoons & the Liberation of North West Europe

April 15th, 2022 is the 77th anniversary of the Liberation of Leeuwarden. To commemorate this event, Project ‘44 has made a story map covering the last 30 days of combat for the Dragoons as they helped to Liberate NW Europe. The individual squadron movements were recreated from the RCD’s own maps in their war diary.