UK Scottish Soldiers Making Canoe Trip Through Capital Region – So Cool!
After their military ancestors fought and died during two North American wars in the 18th century, soldiers of the British army's Scottish regiment are preparing for something amazing that'll take them right through our Capital Region. On August 30th, sixteen soldiers will set sail via canoe from Montreal and trace the same route of waters that their forefathers traveled.
They'll be traveling South which will start them in Quebec's Richelieu River through Lake Champlain, Lake George and the Hudson River. The 340-mile trip will get them, hopefully to Manhattan for September 10th, in time for the 15th anniversary ceremonies of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Maj. Scotty Menzies, the officer leading the expedition, told The Associated Press the 340-mile journey will be part training exercise, part history lesson.
"It's a way we can take a soldier from a known environment and expose him to the unknown, take them out of their comfort zone, and educate them on the history of the regiment," said Menzies, a member of the regiment's Glasgow-based battalion.