The Royal Canadian Air Force 419 Squadron, a tactical fighter training squadron based out of Cold Lake, Alberta, will not perform a fly over as part of Remembrance Day ceremonies this year.
“That will be the first time in many [years] that we don’t see them in the air,” Mayor Ken Christian said.
He said it is due to “operational requirements” and added a negotiation is in the works with the 402 Squadron. The 419 Squadron will still attend the city’s parade and Remembrance Day dinner.
The 419 Squadron is tied to the fabric of Kamloops.
John “Moose” Fulton of Kamloops was the first commanding officer of the 419 Squadron in the Second World War.
Kamloops Airport’s Fulton Field is named in his honour and an aircraft at the entrance of the airport was once flown by the 419 Squadron.
Fulton’s nickname, “Moose,” became the squadron’s moniker. The 419 Squadron maintains a close relationship with the city and its members visit the Tournament Capital regularly.
Kamloops Legion Branch 52 president Craig Thomson said he does not know whether or not the move to suspend the flyover is temporary or permanent.
KTW is awaiting a call back from the 419 Squadron. However, Thomson said the flyover was suspended before in the past. He noted the significance of the flyover in honouring the fallen.
“But it doesn’t lessen Remembrance Day by not having a fly pass,” he said.
“It’s just one of those extra salutes, that we’ve had available in Kamloops for many years, but not this year.”