This April, the Royal Canadian Air Force will celebrate a major milestone. It was 100 years ago on April 1 that the air force was first formed. 

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 59 here in Moose Jaw is planning a number of celebrations for the milestone, including a concert and supper on April 6. 

The celebration will include a beef on a bun supper served at 6 p.m. and the Regina band Detour Duo will hit the stage from 7:30 to 11 p.m. 

“The event should be fun. We’re looking forward to anyone from the city attending if you’re over 19. Certainly, we encourage the veterans whether they’re army, navy or air force to join us,” said Sue Knox with the Legion. 

Knox said they are looking forward to the anniversary celebrations for the RCAF as the air force has played a vital role over the years. 

“We’re in a unique position now to honour the heritage brought about by 100 years of the Air Force, having served in the First and Second World Wars. I believe they were also associated with the Korean War, certainly Afghanistan and, since then, they’ve also served in several NATO roles,” she said. 

Knox added that the future is also looking bright for the Air Force. 

“We are in a position now where they’re upgrading the Air Force, trying to get new individuals in, getting new airplanes over the next probably 10 or 12 years. They’re establishing themselves as a great commodity with the defense of the world,” she explained. 

Tickets are available in advance at the Royal Canadian Legion or at the door from $10 for members and $15 for non-members. The funds raised will go back into the Legion’s operations and activities.