Welcome back, 809. After a long absence it looks like we’re on the verge of doing in person training once again. So, make sure your hair is cut, your uniform fits and your boots are polished cause here we go.
So, as always, here are some important dates in history for this week (and also from earlier this past summer):
1/ September 11, 2001 – 911 20th Anniversary
(From the Canadian Armed Forces facebook page)
September 11, 2001 will always be remembered as a day of tragedy, which claimed nearly 3,000 lives, including 24 Canadians. But it was also a day when Canadians demonstrated the kindness, generosity and resilience of the human spirit.
In the aftermath of the deadly attacks, Canada activated Operation Yellow Ribbon to divert flights and clear the airspace throughout Canada.
The town of Gander, Newfoundland, was a key part of the efforts. Thirty-eight flights and nearly 6,600 passengers were diverted to 9 Wing Gander, which handled security, transportation, telecommunications, and the unloading of aircraft. Meanwhile, Residents of the town also jumped into action and helped in any way they could. They donated food, provided bedding, created shelters, and even welcomed passengers into their homes.
In 2016, New Yorkers thanked the residents of Gander for their help and gifted the town with a piece of steel from the World Trade Center’s south tower. Passengers also donated their mementos from Gander to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.
20 years after 9/11 – #WeRemember. We will #NeverForget
2/ Battle of Britain Sunday – Sunday, September 18
“Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” – Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of Great Britain, 20 August, 1940
Every year, on the third Sunday of September, the RCAF celebrates Battle of Britain Sunday to commemorate the victory over the Luftwaffe in the skies of England. We also recognize the loss of Canadian lives during the conflict. It was a great moment for our Air Force.
More information regarding the origins of the Battle of Britain ceremony can be found at this link:
The origins of the Battle of Britain ceremony – Skies Mag
3/ CJCR Has a new Commander – Welcome Brigadier-General Jamie Speiser-Blanchet
809 Sqn would like to welcome Air Force Brigadier-General Jamie Spieser-Blanchet as the new commander of the Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers. General Spieser-Blanchet assumed command on June 30, 2021 from outgoing commander, Navy Commodore Josee Kurtz. To Commodore Kurtz, good luck in your new assignment as Commandant and Vice-Chancellor of Royal Military College of Canada (RMC).
That’s all for this week. For the instructors, see you all virtually on Wednesday. For everyone else, I hope to see you during your uniform exchanges.