Introduced in January 1996, the Ad Astra Stone Program continues to attract an exceptional level of interest and participation. Originally proposed by Maj (Ret) Roy Skillicorn and developed by Colonel (Ret) “Cy” Yarnell, the project involves the installation of engraved markers along the walkways of the Airpark beside the National Air Force Museum of Canada. Countless hours of dedicated volunteer work have enabled the project to succeed far beyond the expectations of its founders. To date, more than 11,000 stones have been placed in the park, raising more than
1.1 million dollars for the Museum. Each year, a dedication ceremony is held in the Airpark on the last Saturday in September. The ceremony is a way of publicly commemorating and thanking all those who have supported the
Ad Astra Program and the Museum.
Bearing the words “Ad Astra” and adorned with an Air Force Roundel, the 6″ x 10″ gray, granite stones are inscribed with a person’s name, their hometown and province, and the years of birth and death (these dates are engraved only when the Museum is informed of the person’s passing). Information regarding service number, rank and decorations, does not appear on the stone but will be recorded in a Museum Register that also identifies the location of the stone in the Airpark.
Donations to the Ad Astra Program may be made on behalf of any Canadian airman or airwoman who has served or is serving in Canada’s Air Force or an Allied Air Force, their spouse or others whom the Board of Directors deem appropriate. The donation required for a stone in 2016 is $160. Upon receipt of the Ad Astra Stone application and payment, the Museum will issue a charitable income-tax receipt to the donor. A second, duplicate Ad Astra stone can be placed in the Airpark in another location of your choice, for an additional $100 donation. This second stone must be identical to the original stone and purchased at the same time.
To download your copy of the Ad Astra Stone application click here.
The Ad Astra Stone Committee is currently looking for volunteers. To speak to someone about the different opportunities available, contact 613-965-2208.
The 2017 Ad Astra Stone Dedication Ceremony will take place Saturday, September 30th at 14:00 hrs in the National Air Force Museum of Canada’s Airpark.
This event is open to the community and we encourage families and friends of Ad Astra Stone recipients to attend. Guests are asked to be seated by 13:45 in the Airpark.