Mike this is not directed at you in any way, but if it is not an official Government ceremony, then what is it? In your initial post, it is stated: "Presentation of the Guidon to 1st Canadian Armoured Personal Carrier Regiment."
Two years ago, I was in attendance at the 1 CACR Reunion Luncheon in Toronto, at which time, the members were asked if they wanted an infantry type stand of "Colours" (Queens and Regimental) or a more traditional armoured corps "Guidon," either of which bearing their Battle Honours, officially presented at a future date. It was also asked, if they would like such a presentation done in Ottawa . . . in the intervening two years since that luncheon, the waters have become very murky, to say the least.
And now, to learn, that this "Presentation of the Guidon to 1st Canadian Armoured Personal Carrier Regiment," planned for 10 September 2011, in St. Thomas, is not "an official Government ceremony" . . .
These gentlemen are fading fast, and for them to be told two years ago that there was a possibility of "an official Government ceremony," in the way of "Colours" (or a "Guidon") being proposed for presentation to them, to recognize the service of their regiment, and this is what it comes to . . . a "Presentation of the Guidon to 1st Canadian Armoured Personal Carrier Regiment," which is not "an official Government ceremony" . . . just what exactly is being presented on 10 September . . . an army fire blanket on a pole, like the 8CH used in lieu of their Guidon, during the rehearsals for the "Farewell to Canada" parade in 1978 prior to deployment to Cyprus?