Hanover will be bustling with soldiers this weekend (April 27th and 28th).
The Army is coming to Town.
Don’t be alarmed if you see military personal all around Hanover this weekend.
Mayor Sue Paterson says it is all part of Canadian Armed Forces Training program involving the deployment of 120 soldiers to Hanover.
She says the aim of the exercise is to practice the planning and execution of domestic support operations, which take place after receiving a Request for Assistance from civil authorities during a crisis like a natural disaster or industrial accident.
Recreation Director Sherri Walden calls it a huge honour for Hanover to host such an event.
She credit’s the municipality of Brockton for this opportunity, as the request original went to Brockton but there was no available facility space for the chosen weekend and as such, Brockton recommended Hanover.
Over 600 Canadian Army soldiers from the 31 Canadian Armed Forces Brigade Group , headquartered in London are participating in the wide exercise. (120 solidiers being deployed to Hanover.)
Walden says the Domestic Response portion of the exercise will be conducted in Hanover, Chatham and Woodstock.
The exercise will include a variety of training tasks and objectives, including the set-up of reception centres, establishment of command posts and conducting patrols in the community by vehicle and foot.
Walden says there will be opportunities for the public to interact with the Army personal and they are encouraged to visit the various locations and talk to the soldiers.
All Canadian Armed Forces members will be completely unarmed.
Paterson encourages residents and business owners to roll out the red carpet for the military personnel.
The Canadian Armed Forces personal will arrive in Hanover on April 26th to set up in the P& H Centre with the rest of the troops arriving on April 27th. The exercise will take place the 27th and 28th.