The country’s largest Armed Forces Day celebration set for June 10, will be “Soaring to New Heights” as it celebrates its 10th Anniversary in North Bay.
The “Soaring to New Heights” theme is about “going above and beyond and to always dream bigger and shoot higher.”
This year’s celebration also recognizes the 80th anniversary of the birth of air defence in the RCAF and pays tribute to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II.
“I think these milestones and markers throughout the year really lend to the homage of those who came before us, the veterans and those who served in some of the darkest and deepest times, to make sure we don’t forget their service and sacrifice along with those who are doing that service and sacrifice today,” said Colonel Mark Lachapelle, 22 Wing Commander who listed some of the teams heading to the skies above North Bay on Armed Forces Day.
“So far we have confirmed the SkyHawks, the CF-18 Demo and the Snowbirds,” said Lachapelle who hinted there may be more to this year’s celebration.
“I don’t want to reveal too much. It is early in the planning obviously. There are other things that haven’t been confirmed or denied yet. So, we’re still trying to make sure that we add a little bit extra. Every year Armed Forces Day has to grow a little bit because that is what we do. I feel like this year is going to be great and we’re hoping for better weather than we’ve had in the previous years.”
The daytime show attended mostly by area school children, runs from 10:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., featuring demonstrations by the Snowbirds and the SkyHawks.
Static displays at the waterfront include army vehicles and equipment.
Musical entertainment will be provided by the 22 Wing Concert Band, the Canadian Military Wives Choirs-North Bay, and the North Bay Pipes and Drums.
Later that evening starting at 6 p.m. through until 9 p.m. the activities available for the school children, will be available to the general public and military members and their families.
Depending on the weather, the CF-18 Demonstration Team will take to the skies for a twilight performance.
Honourary Colonel George Burton says the entire day is a great way to connect the citizens of North Bay with those in uniform who serve the country day in and day out.
“During the morning celebrations with school children, the CF-18 demo team will be available for autographs, to interact with the crowd, as well as some of the SkyHawk crew. And perhaps some members of the Snowbirds. Again, they’re prepping because they’re flying in the morning,” said Burton.
“In the evening the Snowbirds will be available to the general public for autographs, selfies and conversation.”
The public is encouraged to check for updates on the website armedforcesday.ca