Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence
Canada Command

Canada Command

November 21, 2008 17:01 ET

Chief of Defence Staff Thanks CFL for Supporting Troops

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 21, 2008) - Along with other participation by the Canadian Forces, General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, will perform the coin toss during the opening ceremonies of the Canadian Football League's 96th Grey Cup final on Sunday.

"On behalf of the members of the Canadian Forces, I extend my sincere thanks to the CFL for their support to the troops," said General Natynczyk. "This season, the CFL hosted six CF appreciation games across the country where CF members and families were recognized for their service. I look forward to an exciting Canadian football final."

"The CFL and the CF share a rich history as national institutions, which is why CFL games are such a great venue to showcase the contributions of CF personnel both at home and abroad," said Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, Commander of Canada Command, the military organisation responsible for routine and contingency CF operations in Canada.

Some 30 CF veterans of Afghanistan will be present on the field during the opening ceremonies where they will unfurl a large Canadian flag and will carry both the Canadian and Quebec flags. The Royal 22 Regiment Band will perform the National Anthem.

The public is invited to visit static displays and various activities organized by the CF in the Grey Cup's festival village at Place du Canada, at the corner Peel and Rene-Levesque, from November 19 to 23.

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