Freedom of the City Parade & Ceremony in Bonnyville Friday.
Residents of the Town and M.D. of Bonnyville are advised that the Town and M.D. of Bonnyville will be conducting a Freedom of the City parade on Friday May 5th, to welcome and award Freedom of the City and Freedom of the District honours to 4 Wing Cold Lake.
Freedom of the City is a historic tradition signifying great respect for the unit’s Officers and Personnel. Members of the public are welcome to attend this rare and unique event.
The Parade will start between 10: 15am and 10:30 at the Centennial Centre and proceed from the Centennial Centre, along 50 Avenue (Main Street) to the Provincial Building at approximately 49th Street with a ceremony to be held at the Provincial Building. The Ceremony will culminate in an exciting fly over by 4 Wing Cold Lake aircraft.
After the Ceremony, the public are welcome to attend a short reception for 4 Wing Cold Lake personnel, to be held at the Cenovus Arena at the Centennial Centre. Media will be welcome to conduct interviews at the reception.
The Town and M.D. of Bonnyville thank the entire community for their continued cooperation and assistance, and we look forward to having you join us for the Freedom of the City parade.
10:15 a.m. -All dignitaries NIPs should be seated in assigned area at the Provincial Building
10:30 a.m. -Master of Ceremonies will engage the crowd for explanation of event and biographies of the players 10:40 a.m. – Parade will be in place in front of Provincial Building
10:45 a.m. – Beginning of ceremony/script
10:56 a.m. – The symbolic barrier will be removed by the Chief of Police
11 :00 a.m. – General Salute/National Anthem and flypast
11 :05 a.m. – Inspection of troops by Mayor and Reeve
11 :21 a.m. – Final words
11 :30 a.m. – The Master of Ceremonies will thank the guests and invite them back to the Cenovus Arena at the Centennial Centre (this is to give the troops time to drop off weapons). 12:00 Noon – Meet and Greet/Reception – There will be media availability at this time. Colonel Paul Doyle, MSM, CD, 4 Wing Commander, will be on hand for interviews at that time, as well as Mayor Sobolewski.