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Press Release | July 1, 2013

Canada Day Garden Party – Canadians in Colorado Springs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – More than 400 people joined in celebrating this year’s Canada Day Garden Party on July 1, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Last year’s event was cancelled out of respect for the citizens of Colorado Springs because of the Waldo Canyon Fire. 

This year’s event was held at the historic Penrose House in Colorado Springs with Neil MacDonald, renowned Canadian journalist and Washington Senior Correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the guest of honor.

“I am honored and privileged to be part of such a fine Canadian tradition. To be here in picturesque Colorado Springs with so many of our military men & women who work for NORAD is a special treat,” said MacDonald.

In celebration of Canada’s 146th Birthday, the NORAD Deputy Commander, Lieutenant-General Alain Parent invited Canadian Armed Forces members, guests and families to celebrate Canada Day. “This event was an opportunity to demonstrate our gratitude to the local community leaders and friends for their outstanding support over the past 55th years but also to highlight the contribution of the Canadian Armed Forces community in Colorado Springs,” said Lt-Gen Parent.

Cultural displays provided insight into Canadian provinces and territories including the Arctic. Those accompanying the cultural displays were either from these areas or experts and were delighted to share experiences and information about these great Canadian regions. 

The Canadian community in Colorado Springs is a vibrant one which for the past 55 years since the signature of the NORAD Agreement, has contributed to the safety and security of Canadians and Americans while participating in the well-being of the Colorado Springs community.