Thousands gathered over the weekend for the Canada Remembers Our Heroes Air Show at 17 Wing Detachment in Dundurn. The show did its new location proud as it pulled off a fantastic event honouring fallen and serving heroes of Canada in the armed forces and beyond. The show spanned two days transforming an unassuming prairie army base into a hub of education, entertainment, and inspiration. Highlights on the ground included staffed displays of army equipment, memorial items, musical entertainment, historical memorabilia, a first-rate children’s play area, food trucks, and, of course, recruitment opportunities.
The show in the sky commenced at 11am with a colourful and impressive tribute to Canada 150 by the Snowbirds to the tune of drumming and God Save the Queen, among others. It continued with performances by the Sky Hawks Parachute Team, a demonstration search and rescue operation, and concluded with the deafening appearance of the CF-18 Hornet.
Young and old alike braved the wind and enjoyed the spectacle which at all times maintained a dignity fitting of the heroes in sought honour. Throughout the day, spectators respectfully heard the stories of parents of fallen soldiers, testimonies from aboriginal veterans, rose to sing the national anthem, and observed a minute of silence in remembrance of the sacrifices made by the men and women in service.