Remembrance Day Honour Flights
Canada has a long and distinguished history of participation in conflicts world-wide, starting with the Boer War and carrying on through two World Wars, the Korean War, many peacekeeping assignments, and participation in the Afghanistan conflict. Thousands of Canadians have volunteered over that time to serve their country and many have done so and paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives far from home. We as Canadians honour their memory and service, and also pay tribute to those currently serving our country, by pausing to honour them every November 11th at cemeteries and cenotaphs all around Canada.
This Wednesday, November 11th, we will be honouring all those who have served and continue to serve our country with two flyovers over cemeteries and cenotaphs around the Region of Waterloo and City of Guelph.
Honour Flight 1 will consist of our CT-133 Silver Star, MiG-15, and Aero Vodochody L-29 overflying all 9 cenotaphs in Waterloo Region and Guelph in the following communities: Elmira, Waterloo, Kitchener, New Hamburg, Ayr, Galt, Preston, Hespeler, and Guelph. The flight will be in the air by 10:40 a.m. and the cenotaphs will be overflown between 10:45 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.
Honour Flight 2 will be conducted by our WWII veteran Harvard Mk IIb. It will overfly four major cemeteries in the following order, all of which have significant war memorials and buried service members: Mount Hope (Waterloo/Kitchener), Woodland (Kitchener), Mount View (Galt area of Cambridge), and Woodlawn (Guelph). The flight will be in the air by 10:30 a.m. and the cemeteries will be overflown between 10:35 a.m. and 11:05 a.m.
Please note the route maps displayed show the specific cenotaphs and cemeteries our aircraft will be flying over. The route between each point may vary. For ongoing updates on these flyovers, please visit us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
While we welcome those who wish to see our aircraft in action, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, members of the general public are asked to not come to the Region of Waterloo International Airport to observe these flights. We suggest that the best way to see our flights is to choose a location near one of the above-noted cenotaphs between the times stated and listen for the roar of the jets.
On this solemn occasion, Waterloo Warbirds thanks all those who have memories of friends and loved ones in the services and all who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Our thoughts will be with you, and with them, this Wednesday morning.