Father and son march for Princess Pats' 100th anniversary

November 24, 2009. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Chief Warrant Officer Stan...

November 24, 2009. Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Chief Warrant Officer Stan Stapleford is embraced by his wife Sandi Stapleford and daughter Maddi Stapleford after returning home from Afghanistan at the Edmonton Garrison on November 24, 2009.. Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency

Allison Salz, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

EDMONTON - Thousands of current and former Princess Patricia Light Infantry soldiers will march in solidarity come August as the unit marks 100 years.

For 56-year-old Sgt. Major Stan Stapleford, there will be one member that he's especially proud to have standing beside him -- his son, Private Michael Stapleford.

Michael says growing up in a military household often meant moving, uprooting life as they knew it, and sometimes meant his dad was away for periods at a time.

Unlike his father, who joined the military at 17, the younger Stapleford was not sure it was the path for him.

"When I got out of school, I just didn't want to join the army. So I went out to B.C. and went to university.

"When my dad went to Afghanistan in 2009, then I was kind of like -- maybe I'll give it a go."

 


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