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Wanna see these bad boys up close and personal? Join us Sunday.


Ad Astra Monument Ceremony
Sunday, September 20, 1 pm
Flanders Fields Park – McCrae Avenue NW
Griesbach, Edmonton

Public Welcome


The vibrant Edmonton community of Griesbach is proud to be the new home of a towering monument dedicated to the valiant members of the Royal Canadian Air Force: past, present and future.

Ad Astra Plaza will be officially dedicated at a public ceremony scheduled for this Sunday.

As as special treat, the ceremony will feature a low (and thunderous) flypast featuring an impressive procession of aircraft with historical ties to Edmonton: including a Hercules, CF 18s and Griffon tactical helicopters.

The Ad Astra monument is a 10-metre-high stainless steel sculpture representing a “star burst” – an aerobatic manoeuvre familiar to many from military air shows. “Ad Astra” is part of the RCAF motto and means “to the stars.”

“Looking up at this monument inspires dreams,” says former RCAF commander, Bill Buckham. Buckham has been a driving force behind Ad Astor Plaza.

In addition to the monument, the site feature four laser etched granite plaques tell the story of Canada’s airforce from WW1 to present. If you look down at the sidewalks at the plaza and around Roundel Lake, you’ll notice the silhouettes of several well known aircraft associated with the RCAF.

A Canadian CH-146 Griffon helicopter from the 430th Helicopter Squadron flies over Wisconsin July 16, 2006, during Patriot 2006. Patriot increases the war-fighting capabilities of the National Guard, reserve, and active components of the Air Force and Army. Additionally, Canadian, United Kingdom, and Dutch forces are participating, increasing combined effectiveness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Robert A. Whitehead) (Released)As a former military base, the Village at Griesbach is divided into areas celebrating the various branches of the armed forces. The north west corner around Roundel Lake is themed around the air force. A number of the streets will be named in honour of air personnel selected by Buckham and his team. Several of these veterans are still with us today… and will be attending Sunday’s ceremony.

(You can learn about one of them – Cold War era pilot Bob Morgan – by clicking here for a recent CBC story.)

The plaza and the ceremony that is being planned are first-class all the way. We encourage you to attend and show your appreciation for all those who have served in the RCAF over the past 100 years. And, of course, to see some amazing aircraft sure to awe kids and adults alike!


Below: Bill Buckham supervises the installation. Plaques honouring two airmen who will be in attendence.

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