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'Kamloops' squadron returns for Remembrance Day flypast

The 419 Squadron out of Cold Lake, Alta. will fly over Kamloops Nov. 11, 2022.
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Look to the skies in Kamloops on Remembrance Day tomorrow as fighter jets from 419 "Kamloops" Squadron return to conduct a flypast.

The Royal Canadian Air Force is conducting fly overs for several Remembrance Day commemorations across Canada tomorrow, Nov. 11. These will be carried out by aircraft from Royal Canadian Air Force Wings throughout Canada at various times throughout the day, according to a press release.

The National Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa, along with other ceremonies in the national capital region, will feature a flypast by CF-18 Hornet fighter jets.

Flypasts by RCAF aircraft will also take place in other communities across Canada including Kamloops.

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CT-155 Hawks will be used in the Kamloops flypast. The fighter jets are used to train pilots for front-line fighter aircraft, according to the air force.

The Kamloops airport announced the 419 Squadron will be landing at the airport this afternoon, Nov. 10, before the fly over tomorrow. 

The squadron is connected to Kamloops through John “Moose” Fulton, the first commander of the squadron in the Second World War and is called the City of Kamloops squadron and is based out of Cold Lake, Alta. The Kamloops airport is called Fulton Field.

The squadron was able to perform a flyby during last year's ceremony but not in 2020 due to the pandemic, said Captain Sophie Quemeneur, via email.

The jets will also fly over St Luke's Church Cenotaph in Westwold and Ashcroft Cenotaph in Ashcroft, she said.

The Kamloops Remembrance Day ceremony takes place at Riverside Park for the first public event in two years.

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Kamloops Legion president Daniel Martin said on Tourism Kamloops's website they’re glad to be able to welcome people back to the park as the last two Remembrance Day ceremonies – 2020 and 2021 – at the Battle Street Cenotaph were invite-only.

“So around 10:30 a.m. people should start gathering or even before if they would like,” Martin said. “The parade will be on its way around 10:45 a.m. because of the two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. on the dot, as usual.

To help manage the crowds, Martin said there will four bleacher-style stands set up by the City of Kamloops along with about 50 chairs for veterans who are unable to stand during the parade.

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