Kamloops resident Giancarlo Briglio wants the powers that be to rename Airport Road, the street off Tranquille Road that leads into Kamloops Airport.
In an online petition that has gone from a few hundred names to close to 10,000 signatures in a 24-hour period, Briglio is calling on the City of Kamloops to rename Airport Road to Capt. J. Casey Memorial Way.
Casey was the public affairs officer for the RCAF Snowbirds who died on Sunday when the plane she was in crashed shortly after taking off from the airport.
The Snowbirds had flown into Kamloops on Saturday and performed some flypasts for residents as part of Operation Inspiration, a cross-country tour by the Snowbirds meant to raise the spirits of Canadians living under the COVID-19 pandemic.
The bid to have the stretch of road that takes passengers past the roundabout and to the terminal named after the fallen Snowbird seems to be a good idea in recognizing the memory of Casey.
The road that would be renamed is the road to where the Snowbirds — and other aircraft — land and take off. It is also the main entrance to the airport and next to the fence that has become home to a growing makeshift memorial to Casey.
Capt. J. Casey Memorial Way, or perhaps simply Casey Memorial Way, rolls off the tongue with ease, sounds elegant when spoken and evokes far more emotion than does the obvious-sounding Airport Road.
Fulton Field at Kamloops Airport is named after local war hero John Fulton, so why not extend the honour to a woman who died while also serving her country?
There is a groundswell of support via the petition and the request seems logical enough to be granted. Renaming the road would serve as a perpetual reminder to all that Capt. Jennifer Casey will never be forgotten.