Skip to content

Armed Forces Day fostering community relationships

'It is our opportunity to showcase what we do and show back appreciation to the community that supports us'
Colonel Richard Jolette, speaks to the media Tuesday morning at North Bay City Hall. Photo by Chris Dawson/BayToday.

North Bay will be looking for good weather on June 7 as the City and CFB North Bay will be hosting another Armed Forces Day event down at the North Bay waterfront on the shores of Lake Nipissing. 

This year’s lineup will feature the CF-18 Tactical Demonstration Team and the Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks Parachute team. 

The official announcement came Tuesday morning at North Bay City Hall. 

"It is our opportunity to really mingle with the local community," stated Colonel Richard Jolette, 22 Wing Commander.   

"We are residents of the city, we are volunteers,we are hockey and soccer coaches. It is our opportunity to showcase what we do and show back appreciation to the community that supports us.  

"We want to expose what we do to many people and show them what being in the military is all about. It is that connection to what we do and what we are all about."

Peter Chirico, North Bay's Mayor and a former honourary colonel at 22 Wing, believes the connection between the military and the community is important. 

“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the community to show its appreciation to the men and women who have and still are proudly serving in the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Mayor Peter Chirico.

“We’re encouraging everyone to come out on June 7 and show their support for our military personnel.”

Armed Forces Day 2023 will run from 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the North Bay Waterfront and all activities and entertainment are free to the public.

Memorial Drive will be closed from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. School-aged children from local school boards and the public are invited to arrive at 10 a.m. to listen to the 22 Wing Band, walk through military static displays, including those highlighting the Algonquin Regiment of Canada, 33 Service Battalion, 22 Military Police Flight, Canadian Forces Museum of Aerospace Defence, United States Air Force and more.

Chris Dawson

About the Author: Chris Dawson

Chris Dawson has been with since 2004. He has provided up-to-the-minute sports coverage and has become a key member of the BayToday news team.
Read more

Reader Feedback