The military parade or drill originated in the necessity of the disciplined movement of soldiers on a battlefield. The repetitive training ensured an instinctive response to orders in the face of the chaos of battle. These practical dimensions to parading in the profession of arms have, of course, been overtaken by modern developments.
Now, parading and drilling fulfill largely ceremonial purposes although there are still positive benefits: the place of an individual within the battalion, the camaraderie of soldiering together, and the dignity added to public events whether it be a change of command, a parade, a commemoration, or a funeral. The battalion on parade symbolizes the Regiment’s past, demonstrates its faithfulness to its traditions, and makes a commitment to their future.