A side trip today:
For over 120 years, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have fielded the Musical Ride, a troop of riders who perform various maneuvers and cavalry drills. In part it’s a link to the force’s origin as the North-West Mounted Police; in part it’s an expression of good will.
The Musical Ride appeared in Windsor, Ontario, on May 25th. At the start of the 7 p.m. performance, Inspector Bruce Whillans, commander of the Musical Ride, requested permission to begin from the senior Mountie present.
That was former Constable Hugh Ferguson, who joined the force in 1934, at the age of 21.
My sister, who like my parents lives in suburban Detroit, learned that the Musical Ride was coming to Windsor (which, if you’re not up on geographic minutia, is south of Detroit). She called to see if she could get tickets for Dad. He ended up as the guest of honor, escorted (as in the photo) by Constable Wally Silver.