A tribute to the Alouettes
On October 14th, the Montreal Alouettes football team honored members of 425 Squadron during the pregame ceremony.
For the occasion, members of the squadron accompanied four veterans from Bagotville to Montreal to be present during the tribute. The organizers found it important to emphasize the close relationship between the football team and 425 Squadron. In fact, the Montreal football team was founded in 1946 by Lew Hayman who was first a football player of the team and later became coach. Having himself served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war, Mr. Hayman took part in the triumphant return of the Alouettes at 425 Squadron which gave him inspiration for the name. It did not take much effort to convince his partner, businessman Leo Dandurand, to adopt this name for his new professional team. A brief presentation of the history of the links between the team and the squadron was read and the tribute ceremony ended with a parade of current and retired members of the squadron along with a presentation of a short video. Unfortunately the fly by over the stadium had to be canceled due to poor weather conditions.