In 2011, the Kelowna Museums Society celebrated the centennial anniversary of the BC Dragoons with a special exhibition at the Okanagan Military Museum.
At that time, the military museum society also announced the commission of a commemorative mural.
Now, the Kelowna Museums Society is about to release a new book called Always First: A Pictorial History of the British Columbia Dragoons.
The book features an extensive compilation of images from the BC Dragoons collection, which lead the reader through the story of the military unit.
With their roots in the horse mounted infantry of the British Empire, the Dragoons were formed in 1911, as several British Columbia Horse squadrons combined to become the Dragoons’ 1st Regiment, BC Horse.
For the past 100 years, Okanagan members of the BC Dragoons have balanced careers and home-life with regimental duties in a wide variety of international operations including reconnaissance, protection of communications, and involvement in infantry and other armoured operations, using transport ranging from horses, to motorcycles, to modern military vehicles.
Domestically, the Dragoons contribute to internal security and provide assistance during natural disasters.
The official book launch will take place at the Okanagan Military Museum (1424 Ellis St, Kelowna, in the Memorial Arena) on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Author Keith Boehmer, a curatorial assistant for the Kelowna Museums Society, will be in attendance to sign copies of his book, which will be available for purchase at the event and ongoing at the BC Wine Museum & VQA Wine Shop, located at 1304 Ellis St.