Tag Archives: RCAF Association

Christmas RCAF Association Kitshop Specials

This item may be of interest to members with a connection to the Royal Canadian Air Force.


The RCAF Association Kitshop Christmas Sale is on Now. Click on this link to learn more.

Call us toll-free 1-866-351-2322 ext. 227 or 613-612-7223 to place an order.

 

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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

National Battle of Britain Commemoration has been Cancelled

An item from our colleagues from the RCAF Association.


Dear Fellow Association Members,

On behalf of the Chairman Colonel (Ret) Terry Chester, CD, I wish to convey that the national Battle of Britain Commemoration, in Ottawa, has been officially cancelled. Any decision to cancel local Battle of Britain activities should be reached in cooperation with your municipal (local) officials, out of respect for your fellow residents’ likely preference to participate in official mourning events marking the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.​

As you know, Canada commemorates the Battle of Britain on the Sunday following the 15th of September, each year. This year our collective desire to properly mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II makes commemoration of the Battle of Britain not possible. The Commander RCAF has now cancelled the national commemoration of the Battle of Britain, owing to the official mourning period and also to prepare for formal events at the national level, to mark the passing on Monday 19 September, here in Ottawa.

We understand many Wings and members have made arrangements to mark the Battle of Britain on Sunday 18 September, in keeping with our tradition. The decision to cancel or postpone such arrangements is a decision you should reach in collaboration with municipal officials who might also be facing the need to make adjustments owing to an understandable desire to participate in and/or observe official mourning events through the period 18-19 September.

Thank you for your kind understanding, and your respect for our patron Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

God Save the King.

Please do not hesitate to write to director@airforce.ca ( Dean Black ) if you have any questions.

 

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Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A statement from our colleagues in the RCAF Association on the passing of the Queen.


Dear Fellow Association Members,

We wish to join all of you in marking the passing of our patron, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, on 8 September 2022.

With you, we also grieve the end of a truly remarkable life – Queen Elizabeth was the only sovereign most, if not all, of us have ever known. She was a woman of extraordinary stamina, character and dignity ; the exemplary life that she led will continue to serve as an example to all that follow.

As most of you know, Her Majesty was our RCAF Association’s patron – something that she committed to doing whilst still Princess Elizabeth,  before her Coronation.  We have benefited from her direct support and service, in this role, for more than 71 years.  As our patron she signaled her support for every aspect of our mission, year after year, as evidenced in her letter of greeting that she shared with us at the time of our general meetings.

It was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, our patron, who bequeathed to the RCAF Association the ensign that had served the RCAF from 1948 to 1968.

It is with this support in mind that we encourage all of you to continue your good work, as an RCAF Association member. Any and all scheduled events at your Wing should continue to be held, as we believe that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would not want us to cancel our work and events to mark her passing, knowing how important she believed our work to be. There are many ways to acknowledge her service and her life of duty to our RCAF Association.

Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge, in your own way, the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Colonel (Ret) Terry Chester, CD – Chairman RCAF Association Board of Directors
LGen (Ret) Andre Deschamps CD- Honourary National President

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RCAF (Air Force) Memorials & Monuments

As many of our members are RCAF veterans, this message may be of interest to them.


The RCAF Association needs your help. We have been partnering with the RCAF on many fronts, preparing for the 100th birthday of the RCAF in 2024. Our most pressing project, now, is confirming the status of RCAF (Air Force) Memorials & Monuments across Canada – possibly in your community. Our immediate goal – for which we need information by 1 May 2022 – is to identify specific memorials and monuments in need of repair/refurbishment/refreshment. We are most anxious to identify, for example, as many as two “mounted aircraft” in each province that could use some immediate attention. Can you help us? Can you venture out into your community, and get back to us with a status update? You may want to contact local (municipal) officials to inform them of this important project. This Veterans Affairs Canada website, consists of a database of all such Memorials & Monuments in Canada. 

The RCAF Association Centenary “Navigators” are a small group of your fellow members, working under the leadership of our Chairman Colonel (Ret) Terry Chester (terry.chester@airforce.ca). This busy group of volunteers could really use your assistance, now. Please reach out to  terry.chester@airforce.ca  and let him and the “Navigators” committee know of the state of any and all Memorials & Monuments in your community, especially those featuring RCAF aircraft on a plinth (or “stick”). This will be of great assistance.

Your contribution will be duly noted and recognized as we approach 01 April 2024 and the celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Statement on the Invasion of Ukraine

A statement from the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.


A statement from the Chairman, RCAF Association Board of Directors, Colonel (Ret) Terry Chester, CD, and the Honorary National President, Lieutenant-General André Deschamps, CMM, CD, sent on behalf of leaders throughout the RCAF Association:

The RCAF Association has forever acknowledged amongst its many important functions its staunch support for democracy, inclusion, fairness, equality, individual liberties and civil discourse. These elements are key to success of the RCAF Association at the Wing, community, Group, region, provincial and federal levels, as they are objectives entirely consistent with what it means to be Canadian. Consequently, the RCAF Association de l’ARC joins people and organizations of conscience everywhere in condemning the ongoing, unprovoked, and unlawful Russian incursion into Ukraine. The destruction wrought against the citizens of Ukraine, and the terrible costs to lives and livelihoods are simply unacceptable. As the situation worsens, the potential outcomes are dire, and the consequences loom large for not just Ukraine’s post-Soviet independence, but also for the nations making up greater Europe, nations which have not experienced such a conflict since the end of the Second World War. We know of many uniformed Canadians, and other Canadian diplomats, working tirelessly to address these disturbing developments. We also know of some RCAF Association members in uniform who may still be in danger near to the unfolding distressing action. I join all members of the RCAF Association in expressing our concern and care for these members, but also for our brothers and sisters in NATO, as well as the citizens of Ukraine and other European nations adversely impacted by Russia’s unwarranted and destabilizing actions. Per Ardua Ad Astra – Sic Itur Ad Astra.

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