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Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph Rededication and Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway Project

Sep 13, 2016

Office of the Mayor


For immediate release – September 13, 2016


Delta, B.C. – On September 18, 2016, The Corporation of Delta will unveil the new Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph and officially open the Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway, celebrating the 75th anniversaries of the Boundary Bay Airport and the Air Cadet League of Canada (Air Cadets). The project also pays homage to the 29 airmen who lost their lives while serving at Royal Canadian Air Force Station Boundary Bay during World War II. The public is invited to reflect on the untold stories and photos posted along the pathway, detailing the sacrifices of our veterans. In the centre of the pathway sits the newly constructed, eight-foot tall granite cenotaph that recognizes those who served at Boundary Bay between 1941 and 1945.

“Canada’s veterans were instrumental in protecting our freedom,” says Mayor Lois E. Jackson. “The cenotaph and pathway allows us to walk back through history to properly honour their memory.” 

The Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph and Air Cadet Commemorative Pathway Project was initiated by the Air Cadets’ British Columbia Provincial Committee (BCPC) after having approached the Corporation of Delta with a proposal to develop a garden at Boundary Bay Airport to commemorate the anniversary of the organization’s establishment. The project quickly developed into a larger memorial that both chronicles Delta’s rich aviation history and properly commemorates the coinciding 75th anniversaries of the Air Cadets and the Boundary Bay Airport. Delta staff decided on the entrance to the terminal as an ideal location to give the monument and pathway the prominence and recognition they deserve. 

“This project was only possible through all of the generous support we’ve received,” says Air Cadets Director Ron Rique. “We are able to forever honour the past, celebrate the present and be optimistic of our future through the youth we are developing today.”

The Corporation of Delta, in partnership with the Air Cadets, funded the project with assistance from a Cenotaph Restoration Program grant from Veterans Affairs Canada. Alpha Aviation donated the land and Humphrey Construction generously managed the project at cost.

The Boundary Bay Airport Cenotaph Rededication Ceremony and Commemorative Celebration will take place on September 18, 2016 at 11 am, prior to the 2016 Battle of Britain Commemorative Parade.

For more information on this news release, contact  the Mayor’s Office at 604-946-3210 or mayor@delta.ca, or contact Paula Kolisnek, Senior Corporate Policy Analyst at 604-952-3142 or pkolisnek@delta.ca.