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Kamloops to Memorialize the Snowbirds, Operation Inspiration, and Captain Jennifer Casey

Kamloops to Memorialize the Snowbirds, Operation Inspiration, and Captain Jennifer Casey

May 17, 2021 at 11:35 am  Kamloops, Municipal, News

Kamloops, BC – Today marks one year since the devastating Snowbirds crash in Kamloops during Operation INSPIRATION. This event rocked our community and the entire nation. This morning, the City of Kamloops was joined by Captain Jennifer Casey’s partner, Captain Scott Boyd, to announce plans for a new, permanent memorial at the future Fulton Field Park, which will be located on Tranquille Road between Airport Road and Aviation Way.

“This was a tragedy that rocked our community to the core and an event that will remain a part of Kamloops history,” said Mayor Ken Christian. “The Brocklehurst neighbourhood was particularly affected, and we would like to honour the community, the Snowbirds, and Captain Jennifer Casey through curated memorials at Fulton Field Park. The park will be a place of observation, remembrance, and honour for the history of the Canadian military and the Snowbirds within our community.”

“It is hard to believe that it has already been one year since the tragic accident that claimed the life of my partner and best friend Jenn,” said Captain Scott Boyd. “The kindness, compassion, and support shown by the community of Brocklehurst, Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, Shuswap Nation, and the Rocky Mountain Rangers on that day and over the past year has been absolutely incredible. The City of Kamloops will forever hold a special place in my heart, and I could not be more proud to be a Canadian and a British Columbian. “

“Once again, the City of Kamloops has shown us their unwavering support and warmth of their hearts by honouring the memory of Captain Jenn Casey and 431 Air Demonstration Squadron. We are honoured to see this park dedicated to the team and to now be an integral part of the Kamloops culture,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Denis Bandet, Commanding Officer of 431 Air Demonstration Squadron.

About the Park
Fulton Field Park will be located on Tranquille Road between Airport Road and Aviation Way and is currently in the design stage. The park vision includes flower beds, pathways, bench seating, and an artist tribute memorial to Captain Jennifer Casey and the Snowbirds as well as curated boards describing the history of Fulton Field and Kamloops’ connection to the Canadian military.

Fulton Field Park is scheduled to be constructed in 2023 in conjunction with a beautification and road project along Tranquille Road.

Background
The Snowbirds, officially known as the Canadian Forces Snowbirds 431 Air Demonstration Squadron, are the military aerobatics team of the Royal Canadian Air Force. What began as an exercise to raise morale across Canada, “Operation INSPIRATION” turned tragic when one of the jets crashed shortly after takeoff in the Brocklehurst neighbourhood and resulted in the loss of life of public affairs officer Captain Jennifer Casey and the serious injury of pilot Captain Richard MacDougall. The tragedy took place on May 17, 2020, with the cause of the crash later determined to be a bird strike, which caused a compressor to stall and ended in loss of power to the engine.


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