Canadian Participation in the Royal Flying Corps Recognized by the Government of Canada as an Event of National Historic Significance

Canadian Participation in the Royal Flying Corps Recognized by the Government of Canada as an Event of National Historic Significance

Posted on: November 8, 2018 6:00 am

November 8, 2018                                 Ottawa, Ontario                                    Parks Canada

Ms. Mona Fortier, Member of Parliament for Ottawa—Vanier, will take part in a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque unveiling ceremony to commemorate the national historic significance of Canadian participation in the Royal Flying Corps.

At the beginning of the First World War, Canada did not have its own air force and the process of becoming a war pilot was complicated. Even still, thousands of young Canadians joined the Royal Flying Corps and served with distinction, ultimately contributing to the allied victory in the First World War and effectively catapulting Canada into the aviation age.

In addition to the plaque unveiling ceremony, a Hometown Heroes panel honouring a Canadian pilot who participated in the Royal Flying Corps will be presented to the Royal Canadian Air Force. Hometown Heroes is a community-based initiative that honours men and women, both Canadian Armed Forces and civilian, who contributed to the cause of freedom and Canadian values.

Ms. Fortier will make the announcement on behalf of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna.

Please note that this advisory is subject to change without notice.

The details are as follows:

Date:                November 9th, 2018

Time:               Ceremony starts at 3:00 p.m. (EST)
                        Media are asked to arrive at 2:45 p.m.              

Location:         Canada Aviation and Space Museum
                         Mauril Bélanger Theatre
                         11 Aviation Parkway
                         Ottawa, Ontario

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Information and RSVP:

Bruce MacMillan
Public Relations and Communications Officer
Parks Canada
613-246-1950
bruce.macmillan@pc.gc.ca

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