Official visit to New Brunswick – RCAF 100th anniversary Celebration

June 7, 2024

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I, too, am pleased to be with you today on the territory of the Indigenous peoples of this region.

This land acknowledgement is part of the full history of Canada. That history includes Indigenous stories and voices. It includes Indigenous peoples who have served, and are serving, in the R.C.A.F. and in the Canadian Armed Forces. They, along with so many others, are making their mark.

I am so happy to be here with you to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

We have come together not only to honour the past, but also to recognize the remarkable achievements of those who currently serve in the Royal Canadian Air Force.

For a century, members of the R.C.A.F. have demonstrated dedication, professionalism and commitment to our country.

The scope of all of the accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but aren’t limited to planes and helicopters. The R.C.A.F. needs a strong team of people on the ground to be successful. They all play an essential role in support of missions and squadrons.

As commander-in-chief, I’m proud to learn your stories and to share them with Canadians. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with, and working alongside, members of the R.C.A.F. I’ve seen your dedication and professionalism.

As you celebrate this anniversary year, I hope you will take a moment to look around at the great company you keep. Thank you for your service, for representing us abroad and for keeping us safe.

Here at Pennfield Ridge, alongside your Commonwealth Allies, you protected the home front with courage and bravery.

On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to congratulate everyone marking this milestone.

Thank you. Merci. Miigwetch. Nakurmiik.