Canada’s 150th birthday celebrated in Colorado Springs

U.S. Northern Command Deputy Commander Lieutenant-General Reynold N. Hoover, Consul General of Canada in Denver, Stéphane Lessard, North American Aerospace Defense Command Deputy Commander, LGen Pierre St-Amand, took part in the official cake cutting during Canada's 150th Birthday ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 1. Photo: Jhomil Bansil, Visual Information Specialist, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs
U.S. Northern Command Deputy Commander Lieutenant-General Reynold N. Hoover, Consul General of Canada in Denver, Stéphane Lessard, North American Aerospace Defense Command Deputy Commander, LGen Pierre St-Amand, took part in the official cake cutting during Canada's 150th Birthday ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 1. Photo: Jhomil Bansil, Visual Information Specialist, NORAD and USNORTHCOM Public Affairs

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More than 250 Canadians and Americans celebrated July 1 in Colorado Springs, Colo.—a decades-old custom in the area, which is home to a significant number of Canadians posted to North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

The celebration was held at historic Penrose House and was hosted by the NORAD Deputy Commander, Lieutenant-General Pierre St-Amand. The Consul General of Canada in Denver, Stéphane Lessard, was the guest of honour.

Each year, the NORAD deputy commander, who is also the top Canadian military officer serving in the United States, hosts the event for the 150 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) personnel, their families, U.S. military partners, and members of the local community as a way of saying thank you for their continued friendship and support.

“Canadians have been in Colorado Springs for 59 years as part of NORAD and have been welcomed in the community and have received excellent support,” said LGen St-Amand. “Today’s event not only reinforces the common bond between our two great nations, but our link to the local community as well.”

The theme for this year’s event was titled “Canada 150,” as Canada celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Although the two countries are proud of what makes them unique, there is much that they share and have in common. Since the signing of the NORAD Agreement 59 years ago, CAF members in Colorado Springs have partnered with Americans in the defence of both nations, and could not have done it without the enduring support from the local community.

“The United States is Canada’s truest friend, partner, and ally,” said Mr. Lessard. “It is a relationship that is best exemplified right here at NORAD, where our men and women in uniform stand shoulder-to-shoulder to protect North America. It is truly an honour to be representing Canada in these beautiful Rocky Mountains during our nation’s 150th anniversary.”

The venue displayed posters highlighting the varied heritage and history of Canada’s 150 years of Confederation. Canada and the U.S. have historically been each other’s largest trading partners, they work together to ensure the efficiency and security of their shared border, and they collaborate on all aspects of our arctic spaces.

NORAD is the bi-national Canadian and American command that provides aerospace warning, aerospace control, and maritime warning for Canada and the U.S. The command has three subordinate regional headquarters: the Alaskan NORAD Region at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Ala.; the Canadian NORAD Region at Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg; and the Continental NORAD Region at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

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