North Bay set to host largest Armed Forces Day
North Bay will host the country’s largest Armed Forces Day in June.
The city will roll out the red carpet to welcome the CF-18 Demonstration Team and the Snowbirds who will perform their routines over the North Bay Waterfront on June 12.
The 9th annual celebration will also include live music from Canadian Forces Base North Bay 22 Wing Band, static displays of a F-18 cockpit and armed personnel carriers.
Hundreds of school-aged children will also be in attendance, as well, the event is free and open to the public.
The celebrations will continue into the evening with musical performances and possible demonstrations at the waterfront.
Those details haven’t been released at this time.
Col. Mark Roberts, 22 Wing North Bay Wing Commander, said it’s an emotional and special event.
“The relationship we have with the city and the community is nothing I’ve ever seen before. It truly signifies the bond we have in this community,” he said during Tuesday’s press conference at city hall.
“We’ve had this relationship for decades.”
The event is sponsored by local businesses and community organizations. The price tag is between $20,000 to $30,000, said Honorary Col. George Burton.
He said the plans aren’t complete just yet. The organizing group, which includes honorary colonels, have a surprise or two up their sleeve.
“We’re competing for assets to come to North Bay,” Burton said. “Each year we’ve been blessed to secure one, but this year we have two. The one thing is that all of the teams that do come to North Bay leave with such a positive impression each year they want to come back.”
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