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Veterans’ Week 2021 | Semaine des vétérans 2021

An item from the RCAF Association that may be of interest to members.


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Dear colleagues,

Every year, in the lead up to Remembrance Day, we mark Veterans’ Week from November 5 to 11. This week presents an opportunity for Canadians to honour those who have served our country in times of war, military conflict and peace. We recognize your organization’s commitment and support to Veterans and their families and thank you for your continued collaboration in promoting remembrance initiatives.

2021 marks a number of significant military milestones from the First World War to present  day operations, including the 10th Anniversary of service in Afghanistan. As such, this year’s theme is “Service, courage and sacrifice—at home, around the world and across generations.”

This Veterans’ Week, encourage your contacts to take a moment to think about the freedoms we all enjoy, thanks to the brave Canadians who have put our country before themselves. On November 8—Indigenous Veterans Day—we recognize the many contributions of First Nations, Métis and Inuit throughout our military history.

As the ongoing pandemic is still affecting our traditional ceremonies of remembrance, it is more important than ever to hear and share the stories of the remarkable legacies that our service people have built over the course of Canada’s long military history.

Again this year, we will launch a new series of our Faces of Freedom podcast, where you can hear Veterans share their stories directly. You can also read a wide variety of them via our Faces of Freedom and They proudly served profiles. Some featured are Veterans of the war years; others are Veterans of peace support and humanitarian operations that took them to all corners of the world. Some Veterans served for decades; others were honourably discharged just months into their military careers. They are of diverse races and identities—some were born here, others were not. But one thing that Canada’s Veterans all share is the honour of having worn a uniform for their country.

Visit veterans.gc.ca/CanadaRemembers to learn about more ways to honour the service, courage and sacrifice of all those who have served Canada. Let’s express our gratitude and inspire our colleagues, friends and families to participate.

Together, let’s show how #CanadaRemembers.

Sincerely,

Paul Thomson
Director General, Commemoration
Veterans Affairs Canada

Faith McIntyre
Director General, Communications
Veterans Affairs Canada

 

Chers collègues,

Chaque année, à l’approche du jour du Souvenir, nous soulignons la Semaine des vétérans du 5 au 11 novembre. Il s’agit d’une occasion pour les Canadiens de rendre hommage aux personnes qui ont servi notre pays en temps de guerre, de conflit militaire et de paix. Nous reconnaissons l’engagement et le soutien de votre organisme envers les vétérans et leur famille, et nous vous remercions de votre collaboration continue à la promotion des initiatives de commémoration.

L’année 2021 marque plusieurs jalons militaires importants, de la Première Guerre mondiale aux opérations actuelles, y compris le 10e anniversaire de la mission en Afghanistan. Par conséquent, le thème de cette année est « Service, courage et sacrifice – Au pays, partout dans le monde et d’une génération à l’autre ».

À l’occasion de la Semaine des vétérans, encouragez vos contacts à prendre un moment pour réfléchir aux libertés dont nous jouissons tous grâce aux braves Canadiens et Canadiennes qui ont servi notre pays avec abnégation. Le 8 novembre, la Journée des vétérans autochtones, nous reconnaissons les nombreuses contributions des Premières Nations, des Métis et des Inuits au cours de notre histoire militaire.

Étant donné que la pandémie en cours continue d’avoir une incidence sur nos cérémonies commémoratives traditionnelles, il est plus important que jamais d’entendre et de partager les récits de l’héritage remarquable que nos militaires ont bâti au cours de la longue histoire militaire du Canada.

Cette année encore, nous lancerons une nouvelle série d’épisodes de notre balado Visages de la liberté, où vous pouvez entendre des vétérans raconter leurs histoires directement. Vous pouvez également lire une grande variété de leurs récits grâce à nos profils Visages de la liberté et Leur service. Notre fierté. Certains mettent en scène des vétérans du temps de guerre, d’autres des vétérans du soutien de la paix et d’opérations humanitaires qui les ont amenés à servir aux quatre coins du monde. Certains vétérans ont servi pendant des décennies et d’autres ont été libérés honorablement quelques mois seulement après le début de leur carrière militaire. Ces vétérans sont de diverses races et identités – certains sont nés ici, d’autres non. Mais les vétérans du Canada ont tous en commun l’honneur d’avoir porté l’uniforme au service de leur pays.

Visitez veterans.gc.ca/LeCanadaSeSouvient pour connaître d’autres façons d’honorer le service, le courage et le sacrifice de toutes les personnes qui ont servi le Canada. Exprimons notre gratitude et inspirons nos collègues, amis et familles à participer.

Ensemble, montrons comment #LeCanadaSeSouvient.

Cordialement,

Paul Thomson
Directeur général, Commémoration
Anciens Combattants Canada

Faith McIntyre
Directrice générale, Communications
Anciens Combattants Canada

 

Royal Canadian Air Force Association,405-222 Somerset St. West Ottawa ON K2P 2G3 CANADA, Phone Number:(613) 232-4281, Fax Number: (613) 232-2156, Email Address: director@airforce.ca, Website : http://rcafassociation.ca

700 Wing RCAF Association Aviation Memorial Ceremony

An item from the RCAF Association.


700 WING RCAF ASSOCIATION AVIATION MEMORIAL CEREMONY
EDMONTON, AB, September 23, 2021:

The 700 (City of Edmonton) Royal Canadian Air Force Association will be conducting an Aviation Memorial Stone Dedication Ceremony to induct 10 new members to the Aviation Memorial.
This outdoor ceremony will take place in front of the Alberta Aviation Museum at the Aviation Memorial on Thursday, September 23rd, 2021, at 6 p.m. As stated, the ceremony will add 10 new members to the Aviation Memorial including three members from the same family, the Reilly family. Jack and Molly Reilly were married and are BOTH members of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Their son, Patrick Reilly, inevitably joined the aviation world himself and now, at age 59, has over 13,000 flying hours. Other inductees include former military veterans, mechanics, and air traffic controllers.

Background: Aviation Memorial This Memorial is a tribute to Aviation and is dedicated to all Aviation people and organizations that have contributed to aviation, with emphasis but by no means exclusively towards Alberta based aviation. While described as a Memorial, the living and the deceased, and current and past organizations, are included in the monument. The names of inductees are permanently inscribed on inlaid granite stones within it. Each side of the Memorial itself represents one of three key categories of aviation, and all of these have operated at the former Blatchford Field Airport. One category is for Bush Pilots, Pioneers and Experimenters. A second is the Commercial Air Industry. And finally, our Air Forces, or Military aviation. The Aviation Memorial stones themselves are inlaid in an area representing a propeller. On the top of the monument is a cone depicting the nose of the propeller. Three flagpoles are installed opposite each point of the propeller.

For more information on the 700 (City of Edmonton) Wing Royal Canadian Air Force Association, please visit https://www.700wing.com.

For more information about the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, please visit http://rcafassociation.ca.

Media Contact Name: David Jackson Chair, Board of Directors Phone: 780 918-0967 e-mail: rcaf.jackson@gmail.com

Aviation Memorial Contact Name: Sylvia Loewen Aviation Memorial Chair, Phone: 780 996-4836, e-mail maxace@shaw.ca

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Battle of Britain 2021 Commemoration – 783 Wing Calgary (Virtual)

An item from our colleagues in the Royal Canadian Air Force Association that may be of interest to members.


For information regarding the 783 Wing (Calgary) Battle of Britain Commemoration 2021, please visit this webpage here, at this link.

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Royal Canadian Air Force Association,405-222 Somerset St. West Ottawa ON K2P 2G3 CANADA, Phone Number:(613) 232-4281, Fax Number: (613) 232-2156, Email Address: director@airforce.ca, Website : http://rcafassociation.ca

Battle of Britain Commemoration (Ottawa) 2021 – Sunday 19 September 2021

An item from our colleagues in the RCAF Association, and members should note the option to participate in the service virtually.


Plans are coming together for the annual Battle of Britain Commemoration 2021 here in Ottawa, for Sunday 19 September 2021.

COVID-19 measures remain in place, which means the ceremony is not open to the public. Anyone wishing to participate is invited to do so on-line, by accessing this link via their internet connection: www.facebook.com/RCAF/ARC

The commemoration begins at 10:00 AM with the Mounting of the Cadet Colour Party and posting of the vigil. On arrival of the Commander RCAF the formal part of the ceremony will commence at 10:30 AM.

For questions please do not hesitate to contact director@airforce.ca (613.612.7223)

Matthew Carson CD, 410 Wing, RCAF Association, Veterans Community Outreach, Battle of Britain Ceremony 2021

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Fighter Aircraft & Aerospace Technology Blog

An item from our colleagues at the RCAF Association.



Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Billie Flynn, CD, MBA, MSc – was a 20+ year veteran of the RCAF, former commanding officer 441 Squadron and senior test pilot with Lockheed Martin flying the most advanced fighter aircraft – the F-35 Lightning II.

Billie has joined the RCAF Association and on his behalf I am delighted to share with all our members the “blog” site Billie has created, as part of his effort to help inform Canadians about related and important aspects of their country’s air force.

You can find the site here at this link.

There are three stories published thus far: “Stealth Matters, Cell Phones and Fighter Planes, and, One Last Chance to Get it Right.”

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Royal Canadian Air Force Association,405-222 Somerset St. West Ottawa ON K2P 2G3 CANADA, Phone Number:(613) 232-4281, Fax Number: (613) 232-2156, Email Address: director@airforce.ca, Website : http://rcafassociation.ca