CANADIAN PEACEKEEPERS' DAY
Sunday, 9 Aug 2009
The day (1000hrs) started out with a volley of thunder, lightening and a deluge of rain that literally swamped the Assembly area and the parade square for the next 3 and 1/2 hours.
Way back in January, it was agreed that regardless of the weather, the ceremony would be held outdoors due to the height of the Buffalo's tail which prevented it from being on display inside the hangar.
As a result of the inclement weather, it caused many to stay home. Some of the Units that had previously committed to be on parade, did not attend.
By 1345hrs, fifteen minutes prior to official start time at 1400hrs, the skies cleared, the sun came out and it got really hot and humid - 33 C with a humidex of 42 C.
The Parade Commander hustled everybody into a hasty conglomeration of two Companys, a combined Colour Party; two P&Ds and a Regimental Band. After all was said and done, it turned out to be a resounding success considering the chaos that preceded the arrival of the LtGov of Ontario (12 minutes late!).
Our two Guest Speakers morphed into six just two days prior to the event.
Thank God they were compelled to keep all speeches to no more than two minutes.
The hips, knees and ankles of the old sweats on parade, including me, can no longer sustain the agony of listening to a gaggle of windbags posing for a photo-op.
Only our pride keeps up vertical.
Your speech received a wicked round of applause from the estimated crowd of 500.
They certainly perk their ears up at the mention of anything Australian.
Your speech will now occupy a position of note within one of the display cases of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Buffalo 461 attraction.
Click here for the speech 'Canadian Peacekeeper Day 9 Aug 2009' by the National President APPVA
Thank you for your kind words and notes of combined remembrance.
We hope someday that we can return the honour.
Don Bowman, UE CD,
Cpl Albert Storm, CD (Niagara) Chapter,
OPI for Dedication Ceremony
Canadian Peacekeepers' Day Parade Photo