| Founded in 1860, The Halifax Rifles has long historical militia connection, back to the settlement of The City of Halifax in 1749, thus proud honourable service to Canada, before and since Confederation. This includes many overseas campaigns and battle honours, with notable personal bravery and meritorious decorations of its Officers and Men. As the 63rd Battalion, the unit also saw active service in Canada during the North West Rebellion of 1865. The thousands of Officers and Men who served with this unit, include two Canadian Prime Ministers, many distinguished Nova Scotians including, The Hon Joseph Howe, and three other Nova Scotia Premiers, City Fathers, and prominent business leaders. In 1965, this third oldest unit in Canada was made inactive, placed on a Supplementary Order of Battle.
The Halifax Rifles continued with past members in spirit and resolve, under The Halifax Rifles Armoury Association, founded in 1902, with allied support from "Friends of The Regiment" in the military community. It also remained in the hearts, spirit, and the memory of so many thousands of volunteers and the families of those who passed through it's ranks and served its country so proudly, in and as members of this regiment, but also in assignments elsewhere, as duty called. Of these soldiers, in over a century of service, many gave the supreme sacrifice for their country, and we must never forget them and the ties to this regiment and city. "The Halifax Rifles Story" is linked below.
A new chapter in regimental history began on 5 Sept 2008, with the announcement by the Minister of Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, that the regiment is being reactivated. At the official ceremony held 10 May 2009, Major Shane Gallant, was appointed Officer Commanding The Halifax Rifles (RCAC), now established as a reconnaissance squadron, serving within the command of Land Force Atlantic Area.
A long welcomed return to service CEDE NULLIS
|"Hellfire" on display today at The Halifax Armoury|
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