Victoria Royals Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night

Photo by MARPAC Imaging Services

Photo by MARPAC Imaging Services

Peter Mallett
Staff Writer

As Remembrance Day draws near, one local organization is set to honour past and present military members, DND civilians, and their families in a slick way.

The Victoria Royals have made their Nov. 6 game against the Kamloops Blazers a Canadian Armed Forces Appreciation Night. Working with CFB Esquimalt, the evening will showcase the military and pay tribute to its successes.

“This event was a huge achievement in 2019, pre-pandemic, and we are very excited to bring it back this year,” says Matt Carlson, who is helping support the event from the Base Public Affairs side. “Before, during, and after the game, the public will have opportunities for interactions with various CAF and DND assets and personnel with the intent to raise CFB Esquimalt’s visibility within the local community.”

The military will provide dynamic and interactive exterior and interior displays at the Save-On-Foods Arena. There be a ceremonial puck drop involving Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and a colour party while the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy performs the national anthem.

Victoria Royals players will don a special Royal Canadian Navy-themed jersey for the game to be unveiled by the team in the coming days.

In a recent announcement by provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, sports events are permitted to operate at 100 per cent capacity commencing Oct. 25

Those attending are required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccinations and masks will be mandatory for spectators. Facial coverings can be taken off when eating and drinking.

Complimentary tickets will be distributed through units to CAF personnel and DND civilian staff. Others can purchase discounted tickets at the team’s box office and on the team’s website with a discounted promotional code to be released through interal channels.


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