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RCAF flypast of National War Memorial

On Canada Day, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) CF-18 Demonstration Jet will conduct a flypast over the National War Memorial as part of a ceremony to commemorate the 106th anniversary of the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel during the First World War. 

The flypast will take place at approximately 8:10 a.m. on 1 July 2022, following an observation of two minutes of silence.

The aircraft will fly over the National War Memorial at an altitude no lower than 500 feet above the highest obstacle on their route. Flypasts by RCAF aircraft are carefully planned and closely controlled for public safety, and are dependent upon weather and flying conditions.

The Battle of Beaumont-Hamel took place on 1 July 1916, and was one of the opening engagements of the larger Battle of the Somme.  At Beaumont-Hamel, the Newfoundland Regiment (known today as the Royal Newfoundland Regiment) suffered significant and tragic losses in their attack on enemy lines, and today, the battle is considered symbolic of Newfoundland’s participation in the First World War.

The flypast is part of a ceremony of remembrance at the National War Memorial, organized by Royal Newfoundland Regiment Advisory council and supported by Veterans’ Affairs Canada, to commemorate the 106th anniversary of the battle.

Through this flypast, the RCAF proudly pays respect to the courage and sacrifice of the soldiers from Newfoundland that fought in the Battle of Beaumont-Hamel.