Brockville – A re-dedication ceremony celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Golden Hawk F-86 Sabre Jet Memorial on Blockhouse Island in Brockville is being held this Friday, September 14th.
The re-dedication will follow the original ceremony of 1968, reflecting on the past and looking towards the future. This ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10:00am on Friday. It will recognize the 50th anniversary of the establishment of this City war memorial and the completion of Phase 1 of the restoration project.
The Canadian Forces Snowbirds, 431 Air Demonstration Squadron will also be doing a flypast at the conclusion of the commemorative ceremony. The Snowbirds are the successors of Canada’s first aerobatic flying team, the Golden Hawks.
The F-86 Sabre Jet mounted on Blockhouse Island was one flown by the famous RCAF Aerobatic Team the Golden Hawks which performed from 1959 to 1964 across North America. In 1968, #23649 was purchased and erected by 426 Wing and maintained by the City of Brockville. On June 23 1968, it was dedicated as a War Memorial in honour of the airmen that flew similar aircraft in battle, but did not return.
Phase one saw the Golden Hawk restored and repainted to its original colours.
Phase 2 will involve improving and upgrading the landscaping around the base of the monument to complete the job. This was never covered by the City contract and therefore they have embarked on a fund raising drive including a special tribute performance of Silver Wings, by AJ Benoit and Company, to be held at the Brockville Arts Centre, Saturday September 22, 2018 at 7:30pm.
For more information and tickets please visit: http://brockvilleartscentre.com/silver-wings/