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Tag: Anniversary Commemorations – Anniversaries of important events in CAF history

Commemorating 100 years of Canadian military in the Rhine Valley

– On December 12, 2018, precisely 100 years to the day after Canadian military forces first crossed the Rhine, an exhibition was unveiled at the Wahn Kaserne Museum in Germany, commemorating the anniversary.

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Final farewell to the Sea King

– The Canadian Armed Forces gave a final salute to the CH-124 Sea King maritime helicopter, marking its more than five decades of service, in a parade held yesterday in Victoria, British Columbia. The Sea King will officially retire from service by December 31, 2018 as the RCAF completes its transition to the new CH-148 Cyclone maritime …

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RCAF commander joins high school students to honour a “Dambuster”

– An Ottawa high school honoured one of their own, a Second World War RCAF pilot who lost his life during the famed Dambusters Raid, during their Remembrance Day ceremony on November 9, 2018. Here are the remarks that Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF, delivered during the ceremony.

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The hero around the corner

– The famed Dambusters Raid took place 75 years ago. Lewis Johnstone Burpee, one of those who died on the raid, was from a neighbourhood called the Glebe in Ottawa and a graduate of nearby Lisgar Collegiate Institute. Author Dave O’Malley, who lives and works in the same neighbourhood, ponders Lewis’ life and death.

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William Barker and the end of the First World War: a century ago

– On November 11, 2018, the RCAF held its annual Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto, where Wing Commander William Barker, VC, is interred. Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the RCAF, presided over the solemn commemoration of our war dead, of William Barker and of the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. Here are his remarks.

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Logisticians celebrate their 50th anniversary

– The Canadian Forces Logistics Branch is now the Royal Canadian Logistics Service. It received the new designation from the governor general during the 50th anniversary parade held on Parliament Hill.

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RCAF CC-177 Globemaster III reaches impressive milestone

– The RCAF’s first CC-177 Globemaster, which was delivered to the RCAF in 2007, has surpassed a major milestone: 10,000 accumulated flying hours.

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RCAF family visits Montenegro’s Battle of Mojkovac sites

– During my summer holidays, I took my family of five to Northern Montenegro, where I spent my youth. I wanted my children to find out about their family history and spend some time with their grandparents.

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Visit the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

– The Canadian Virtual War Memorial website provides Canadians a place to learn more about those who gave their lives for freedom.

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“They damn nearly did it for me”: The story of William Barker, VC

– One hundred years ago, First World War pilot William Barker, Canada’s most decorated war hero, was terribly wounded in combat with the enemy and was awarded the Victoria Cross. But he said he would throw his decorations in the fire if he could be fit and healthy again.

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