In a moment that couldn't get any more Canadian, the Grey Cup arrived at 15 Wing Moose Jaw Monday in a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft.
15 Wing Commander Colonel Jonathan Bouchard was on hand to welcome the iconic sports trophy, along with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, Saskatchewan Roughriders President & CEO Craig Reynolds, and Regina Mayor Sandra Masters. Former Roughrider Chris McKenzie also spoke at the event.
"It's a great moment for the Wing, it's a great moment for the city," said Colonel Bouchard. "It's exciting to reunite two worlds where the team spirit is important. Everything we do in the military, in the RCAF, is built on team and how everybody affects everybody's work and it very closely relates to the sports community."
Commissioner Ambrosie noted it was quite a sight to see the Grey Cup arrive at the base in one of Canada's most recognizable airplanes.
"Seeing the Grey Cup strapped into the seat in the Snowbird is pretty special and what a great Canadian symbol riding in another great Canadian symbol, so that was amazing. The hospitality today, Colonel Bouchard, 15 Wing Moose Jaw, they've rolled out the welcome wagon, made us all feel like we're at home and it also makes you incredibly proud of all of the men and women that serve in the Canadian Forces and serve not only Canada but serve all of us as Canadians. It's a special day, it's a special place and it will lead into a special week."
It was also announced that the Snowbirds will do a fly-over during the big game on Sunday in Regina.
The Grey Cup will make its way to Saskatoon on Tuesday for a youth rally to kick off the 2022 Grey Cup Festival week.
The 109th Grey Cup game will take place Sunday at Mosaic Stadium in Regina with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers facing the Toronto Argonauts.