Update: The Canadian Forces Snowbirds won’t be performing a demonstration at Armed Forces Day in North Bay, reporting on social media that a technical issue was discovered that is preventing them from flying.
The parachutes are packed tight and the City of North Bay is ready to celebrate Armed Forces Day on Wednesday, June 22.
This will be the 10th in-person event locally.
The event kicks off with the opening ceremonies at 10:30 am at the waterfront.
Honourary Colonel Peter Chirico says Armed Forces Day is all about showing support for local Canadian and American military members.
“They’re an integral part of our community, they coach baseball, soccer, everything for our kids all throughout the city and this is our way of saying thank you,” he says.
The event will feature a demonstration by the Canadian Armed Forces SkyHawks Parachute team.
Captain Pierre-Alexandre Dufour, Skyhawks Team Captain, says this is their fifth show of the season, after two years away from touring because of the pandemic.
“Every show is very exciting, we’re very happy to be back here in North Bay, happy to have a season this year,” he says. “COVID gave us a break, so now we’re able to go and travel across Canada and show Canadians what we do.”
Everyone is encouraged to wear red to the event with North Bay attempting to set the record for the largest human maple leaf.
Military static displays will also be set up, including the CH-147 Chinook helicopter.
All activities and entertainment are free.