Credit Union Centre

March 10, 2011 18:56 ET

Credit Union Centre: Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes

August, 6th & 7th, 2011 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - March 10, 2011) - Heralded as Canada's largest annual Tribute to Veterans Project, the Cameco Canada Remembers Int. Air Show 're-launches' under the title, Cameco Canada Remembers 'Festival for Heroes' !!

After 14 years of honouring Veterans and saluting the men and women within the Canadian Forces, this internationally acclaimed Tribute was halted in 2009 upon losing access to the Saskatoon John G. Diefenbaker Airport show site, due to planned development of the Airport property.

While the logistics of producing an aviation event carry several unique challenges not found with many ground-based festivals and events, simply 'moving' the Air Show was not an easy alternative … however a new community partnership has been formed between the Canada Remembers Tribute Project and the Auto Clearing Motor Speedway, an oval race track two kilometers northeast of the Saskatoon Airport. The track successfully hosts various classes of auto races, including a 2010 and upcoming 2011 Nascar event, however a cursory search for similar aviation / race track events throughout North America, indicated the last 'Air Show' ever held at an Auto Race Track was in 1909, in Latonia Kentucky. It appears this will, basically, be a first time endeavor. 
Yet being the first has not been an obstacle for Credit Union Centre (formally known as Saskatchewan Place)!! In 1995 the Canada Remembers Air Show became the first Air Show 'in the world' to ever be held at a Sports Arena !!
(the Arena hosted the event in '95-'96-'97, before relocating to the Saskatoon Airport).

The re-launched Cameco CANADA REMEMBERS 'Festival for Heroes' will maintain the Tribute to Veterans theme and salute all who currently serve this nation; (created post 9/11), the Tribute will continue to pay special recognition to Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and all First Responders who bravely serve their communities and country, often called upon to risk their lives … and far too often sacrifice their lives in the Line of Duty.

A major new aspect of the annual Tribute will be the launch of Canada's National Concert for the Troops, bringing together a variety of national and internationally known artists, bands and celebrities, to help honour and 'say thanks' to all the men and women who serve this nation, while recognizing the sacrifices and challenges faced by Military families.

Following five nationally televised 'Canada Remembers Documentaries', (aired across Canada every year since 2000), the 2011 Documentary 'Festival for Heroes' is scheduled for production and national release on Nov. 11th, 2011, via the Vision Network. 

As Canadians have long stood side by side with brave men and women from many countries, through world wars, peacekeeping missions and humanitarian efforts around the world, this Festival for Heroes will not neglect recognizing the service and sacrifice of all our Nation's friends. 

Scheduled to participate Aug. 6th & 7th in the 2011 Cameco Canada Remembers Festival for Heroes are 431 Air Demonstration Squadron SNOWBIRDS, the Canadian Forces CF-18 Hornet Demonstration Team as well as numerous other Military aircraft and world-class civilian performers. The Opening Ceremonies 'Parade of Veterans', Hot Air Balloon Salute and details surrounding the artists and celebrities selected for the inaugural Concert for the Troops, will be released approximately May 15th.

Contact Information

  • Cameco Canada Remembers 'Festival for Heroes'
    Brian Swidrovich
    Director of Business Development, Credit Union Centre
    306-975-3155 (ext. 3151)
    b.swid@creditunioncentre.com