World War One era biplanes flew into Hanna on Aug. 31 as the Vimy Flight Tour stopped in town.

The event turned out to be a great success as close to about 300 people showed up to take in this once in a lifetime experience.

The VIMY FLIGHT: BIRTH OF A NATION Tour is a cross-Canada tour where replica biplanes fly from community to community to commemorate Canada 150 and the 100th anniversary of Vimy Ridge.

"We flew over Vimy, France on April 9. We came back to Nova Scotia and we've been going across Canada one community at a time, being passed by school buses, but that's OK. We're bringing the story of the Battle of Vimy Ridge here, of the bravery and sacrifice of Canadian men and women all across the country," said pilot Larry Ricker.VimyFlight.10Pilot Larry Ricker

Ricker is one of ten pilots taking part in the cross-country tour.

"It's a lot of fun. We're really enjoying the tour, we're meeting amazing people along the way. But more importantly, we're passing on the message of Vimy Ridge and how important it is for all Canadians to remember," said Ricker.

Fellow pilot Peter Thornton said the tour was also about connecting with communities and sharing stories.

"We wanted to recognize those folks in the Legions. Everywhere we go, we find people with these tremendous stories, often people with dads that fought in Vimy, or grandparents or something, so it's wonderful to hear their stories."

The tour continues with a stop in Calgary over Labour Day weekend and ends in Victoria on Oct. 15.

Fore more information on Vimy Flight, visit their website at www.VimyFlight.ca

 

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