RCAF Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Pleasant cemetery in Toronto

News Article / November 8, 2017

Public Service Announcement

Royal Canadian Air Force

Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) members from 16 Wing Borden, Ontario will participate in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Remembrance Day parade in Toronto. As part of the ceremony, a CC-130J Hercules aircraft will fly past at approximately 11 a.m.

The CC-130J Hercules aircraft is from 436 Transport Squadron, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario.

Media and members of the public are invited to join the William G. Barker Legacy Group and Major-General Blaise Frawley, Deputy Commander of the RCAF, who will be joined by members of the public, veterans, cadets and currently-serving Canadian Armed Forces personnel, as they honour and remember those who served and sacrificed all for Canada.

The ceremony will be held on the steps of the Mount Pleasant Cemetery Mausoleum near the monument dedicated to Lieutenant-Colonel William Barker, a First World War fighter pilot and the most decorated Canadian military member in history. He served as first president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and, when he died in 1930, his funeral was the largest in Toronto’s history.

“Today we honour the thousands of Canadians who gave their lives in the service of their country and the thousands more who came home, wounded in mind and body,” said Major-General Blaise Frawley, deputy commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force. “The Royal Canadian Air Force holds a Remembrance Day ceremony at Mount Pleasant because of Lieutenant-Colonel William Barker, who is interred here. He was a heroic First World War pilot and remains Canada’s, and the entire British Empire’s, most highly decorated military member ever. Today we remember and pay tribute to him and – symbolically through his memory – all those who have served in the RCAF.”

The City of Toronto has significant ties to the RCAF. For instance, University of Toronto researcher Wilbur Frank developed the G-suit and the famed Avro Arrow was developed in Malton (now Mississauga).

In 2017, the RCAF is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Royal Flying Corps Canada, which recruited and trained Canadian aircrew for service overseas during the First World War. Its headquarters was set up in Toronto in January 1917, and training took place in the Toronto area and other locations in southern Ontario. This was the first-ever aviation training conducted by the military in Canada.

On September 1, 2017, the RCAF received its new Colours – unique, consecrated military flags, from the hands of the Governor General at Nathan Phillips Square. This was only the third time the Air Force had received Colours since it was established in 1924.

The Royal Canadian Air Force has conducted its Remembrance Day Parade at the William Barker memorial since it was unveiled in 2011.

During the flypast, the aircraft will fly at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest point in its flightpath. Flypasts by RCAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled to ensure public safety at all times.

For more information on the event, visit: Veterans Week and Remembrance Day events across the country.

Related Links

To learn more about the RCAF and Toronto’s common heritage, visit The RCAF in Toronto: A century of flying in formation

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Captain Trevor Reid
Department of National Defence
Director Air Force Public Affairs
Phone: 613-944-5843
Email: trevor.reid2@forces.gc.ca

Media Relations
Department of National Defence
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