We are excited to announce that, for the first time, the Ad Astra ceremony will be going virtual! This will allow us to highlight the 2020 and 2021 Ad Astra stones, while remaining safe and respecting current gathering limits.
As you are aware, the Provincial Government has taken steps to limit the size of gatherings across Ontario, in order to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus. While some restrictions have been lifted, the Wing Commander and the Museum Board of Directors have decided that regrettably it is necessary to cancel this year’s in-person Ad Astra Ceremony on the 25th of September, 2021. There are many logistical and distancing restrictions which will prevent a safe and successful outcome for this wonderful event, and we feel that in the interest of public safety and the protection of our volunteers, staff, and the many veterans who attend, this is the appropriate decision to make.
This was a difficult decision to make, as our annual ceremony is attended by supporters from all across this great country of ours, and indeed from far and wide. With the introduction of a virtual ceremony, supporters, family, and friends from across the country will still be able to join us (virtually) and honour our 2020 and 2021 Ad Astra stone inductees. We hope that this will make our ceremony more accessible than it has ever been before.
We, at the National Air Force Museum of Canada, would like to thank you for supporting our Ad Astra program, and look forward to seeing you at our next ceremony on the 24th of September 2022. We would also like to thank you for your ongoing support as we weather this storm.
Questions can be directed to
Kevin Windsor, Executive Director
National Air Force Museum of Canada