A tri­bute to the Alouettes

Le Vortex de Bagotville - - MOT DE L’ADJUDANT- CHEF -

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.

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