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Department of National Defence

November 08, 2007 09:47 ET

Canadian Forces Join Grey Cup Festivities

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 8, 2007) - The Canadian Forces will be a part of the 95th Annual Grey Cup game, semi- and divisional finals, and related festivities in Toronto and other venues across Canada in mid-November. As with past years, the Canadian Forces will provide a variety of static and dynamic displays at Grey Cup venues, with representation from the Navy, Army, and Air Force.

"The Canadian Forces are proud to participate in this year's Grey Cup festivities and we appreciate the support for the troops demonstrated by the Canadian Football League," said General Rick Hillier, Chief of the Defence Staff. "The CFL and the Canadian Forces are both long-standing national institutions and keepers of Canadian tradition," he added.

"The Grey Cup is a uniquely Canadian event and is therefore a perfect opportunity to showcase the great work done by the members of the Canadian Forces at home and abroad," said Lieutenant-General Marc Dumais, Commander of Canada Command, the military organisation responsible for routine and contingency Canadian Forces operations in Canada.

The histories of the Canadian Football League and the Canadian Forces overlap and share many common heroes. During the Second World War when the CFL found itself short of players, the CF fielded teams to help keep the league alive-CF teams won in 1942 and 1944.



Planned activities include:

East and West Semi-Final games (location TBC)-November 11

- Support Our Troops Banner display;
- Escorts and Colour Party;
- Coin toss representative.

East and West Championship games (location TBC)-November 18

- Support Our Troops Banner display;
- Low-level fly pasts of a CF-18 Hornet Fighter;
- Escorts and Flag Party;
- Coin toss representative.

Grey Cup Week, Toronto- 20-25 November

- Static equipment and vehicle displays that include:
- CF-18 Hornet fighter jet cockpit display;
- Coyote - 8-wheeled armoured reconnaissance vehicle;
- G-Wagon - light utility wheeled vehicle;
- Bison- 8-wheeled armoured ambulance vehicle;
- artifacts from the two military Grey Cup Championship teams of
1942 and 1944;

- Military escorts for the transportation of the Grey Cup - by sea, land
and air - from the CFL Hall of Fame in Hamilton to Nathan Philips Square
in Toronto; and
- World's largest "Support Our Troops" banner.

Grey Cup Game, Rogers Centre, Toronto-November 25

- Low-level fly past by the Snowbirds demonstration team during the
pre-game show, about two hours prior to kick-off;
- Low-level fly past of a CF-18 Hornet fighter jet at the end of the
National Anthem during the opening ceremonies;
- Escorts for the national anthem singer and Grey Cup trophy;
- A 100-man guard from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa to fire Feu de Joie
(ceremonial firing of rifles in quick succession) following the player
introductions;
- Canadian Forces Central Band and the Pipes and Drums of the Air Command;
- Colour Party; and
- Support staff on the field and throughout the stadium.


For a detailed listing of Canadian Forces' involvement in this year's Grey Cup Week events visit www.greycup.forces.gc.ca or www.cfl.ca

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