Greenwood base's Armed Forces Day draws huge crowds

Nancy Kelly
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Tuesday afternoon,  14 Wing Greenwood opened its gates for Armed Forces Day, providing an opportunity for thousands of civilians to get up close and personal with Greenwood and the Canadian Forces' military capabilities in the areas of air mobility, long range patrol and search and rescue.

Unlike in 2013, the weather on Aug. 20 was perfect, allowing the Snowbirds demonstration team to take to the sky for the aerial show that had necks craning skyward for close to 45 minutes. 

See a slideshow of the Snowbirds here.

“Last year we had rain, so most of the day had to be cancelled,” reported Wing Public Affairs Officer Lt. Sylvain Rousseau, who estimated close to 10,000 people passed through the gates to take in this year’s event.

Static displays, aircraft tours and an aerial demonstration of the capabilities of Canada’s CF-18 Hornet fighter jet were also big draws, as was the evening sunset parade ceremony.

There were plenty of interactive activities for kids including the kiddy commando course and the opportunity to handle some high-powered weaponry under the guidance of 14 Wing staff and volunteers.

Rousseau said the event went off without a hitch and gave credit to the large organizing committee chaired by Maj. David Veene, and the 100- plus volunteers who helped roll out the welcome mat to the public.

He said it was "wonderful" to see the overwhelming response from the public and their interest in what goes on day to day at 14 Wing.


Organizations: Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Canada

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Recent comments

  • time of show
    August 22, 2014 - 21:06

    why is the airshow held would think if it was held on a saturday or sunday a much better turnout would occur...people have to work through the week,

  • Paul
    August 21, 2014 - 09:08

    This is very unfortunate that your article is not even mentioning the Sunset Ceremony who included over 160 musicians from military bands across the province. Was the perfect to close off the Armed Forces Day.