Canadian Armed Forces Return to the Canadian National Exhibition for a Ninth Year

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News Release

Canadian Armed Forces Return to the Canadian National Exhibition for a Ninth Year

August 18, 2016 – Toronto – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) return to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) for a ninth consecutive year and our display will be inside the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place in Toronto. This interactive exhibit is always a favourite with CNE visitors and offers the public a chance to meet soldiers, sailors, airmen, and airwomen; to climb aboard military vehicles; and to listen to CAF personnel share their stories.

Many of the partners that comprise the defence team will have interactive displays on hand. These include the Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Forces Personnel Support Agency, Canadian Forces Recruiting Group, Canadian Rangers, and the Cadets.

Some of the vehicles and equipment on display include a Zodiac Boat, a Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat, an aircraft cockpit and simulator, a mine and improvised explosive device display, and a Veterans Affairs Canada display on the First World War.

In addition to the displays, on Saturday, August 20, more than 100 CAF members from the Greater Toronto Area will participate in the CNE’s 95th annual Warriors’ Day Parade. These members will be marching from downtown Toronto into the CNE Grounds at Exhibition Place. The parade will include soldiers from 32 Canadian Brigade Group and sailors from HMCS York.

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“The CNE continues to be a great opportunity for the Canadian Army to open its doors to the community, allowing them to interact with some of the equipment and bringing to life the activities of the military. It is a great chance for the public to interact with our troops and learn more about their experiences in the Canadian Armed Forces.”
– Brigadier-General Stephen Cadden, Commander 4th Canadian Division, Canadian Army

QUICK FACTS

  • The CNE runs from August 19 to September 5, 2016.
  • During the First World War, the CNE grounds were transformed into a vast military training and housing centre known as Exhibition Camp.
  • Nearly 50 Canadian Armed Forces personnel from 18 units from across Ontario will be on-site to provide information and guide the public through the interactive experiences and the large display in the Enercare Centre at Exhibition Place.

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