Hangar Flight Museum ceremony honours ‘Dam Busters’

Prayer for the Fallen Rev. Rosemary Bishop saying a prayer for the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary on Nov. 11, 2018. The Hangar Flight Museum showcases replicas of aircraft used during first and second world wars. (Photo by Michael Martisano/The Press)

The Hangar Flight Museum on McCall Way N.E. in the city held its annual Remembrance Day Ceremony on Nov. 11.

The 2018 ceremony marked both the 75th anniversary of the Dam Busters Raid that took place during the Second World War over Germany, and also the 60th anniversary of the creation of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).

“The ceremony is in remembrance of the men and women who sacrificed themselves and entered the war on a voluntary basis,” said Tom Elliott, a volunteer for the event.

“They were not conscripted.”

The ceremony started with Sentries taking post at the Memorial followed by a  performance of “Ukuthula,” an African prayer for peace.

The Hangar Flight Museum executive director, Brian Desjardins, gave welcoming remarks followed by the singing of ‘O Canada.’

There was a Homily from Rev. Rosemary Bishop followed by a reading of ‘In Flanders Fields’ by a Cadet from 88 Lynx Airdrie Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Colonel (Ret’d) Jim Donihee, OMM, CD was a guest speaker. His daughter was also there to give her own speech.

Father and daughter Colonel (Ret’d) Jim Donihee, OMM, CD assisting her daughter with her speech at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018. The Hangar Flight Museum showcases replicas of aircrafts used during World War I and World War II. (Photo by Michael Martisano/The Press)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Containers were provided for non-perishable food donations to the Veterans Food Bank.

The museum was held open after the ceremony with admission by donation until 4 p.m.

March of Colours Representatives from the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) performs a march for the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary on Nov. 11, 2018. (Photo by Michael Martisano/The Press)

“We volunteers help set things up and help people who have a question about different aircraft or what they were used for in either the First or Second World War or anytime,” Elliott said.

“We give them information.”

The Dambuster Raid happened on the nights of May 16-17, 1943, when Wing Commander Guy Gibson led the 617 Squadron of the Royal Air Force on a bombing raid to destroy three dams in the Ruhr valley, the industrial heartland of Germany.

NORAD is a combined organization of the United States and Canada that provides aerospace warning, air sovereignty, and protection for North America.

We stand on guard for Thee A Sentry standing watch over the Remembrance Day ceremony at the Hangar Flight Museum in Calgary on Nov. 11, 2018. The Hangar Flight Museum showcases replicas of aircraft used during the first and second world wars. (Photo by Michael Martisano/The Press)

 

 

 

 

 

About Jan Michael Martisano 1 Article
As a news reporting and communications major in the journalism program at SAIT, Jan Michael Martisano is working as a writer for The Press during the 2018-19 academic year.

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