UPDATE: The May 21 ceremony at Kamloops Airport to pay tribute to Capt. Jennifer Casey, who died in last weekend’s crash of a Snowbirds jet, is not a public event.
The organizers — Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 Kamloops and 886 Wing (Overlander) RCAF Association — initially announced the ceremony would be open to the public, with physical-distancing guidelines in place.
However, that has changed, due to the possibility of a mass gathering. Attending will be a limited number of invitees of fewer than 50 people.
However, the ceremony can be viewed online, on the Kamloops Legion Facebook page. No link is required to view; simple click on the video to watch.
On Thursday, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 52 Kamloops and 886 Wing (Overlander) RCAF Association will hold a tribute ceremony to honour Capt. Jennifer Casey, the Snowbirds public affairs officer who died when the jet she was in crashed on Sunday after taking off from Kamloops Airport.
The ceremony will also offer support for pilot Capt. Richard MacDougall, who was injured in the incident, and for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds.
The ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. at Kamloops Airport, at the roundabout on Airport Road, where the CF-5 plane stands. The public is welcome to attend and physical-distancing guidelines will be followed.
Legion members will hold a brief ceremony that will include laying of wreaths, Last Post and Reveille played by a bugler, the Lament by a piper and the Act of Remembrance.
Speakers will include Dr. Wendy McKenzie, president of 886 (Overlander) Wing of the RCAF Association, Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo MP Cathy McLeod, Kamloops Mayor Ken Christian and Kamloops MLAs Peter Milobar, and Todd Stone.