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Update: Capt. Casey to be honoured with Sunday procession through Halifax

Participants are encouraged to wear red and white and to keep their social distancing outside family bubbles
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Captain Jennifer Casey, public affairs officer with the Snowbirds air demonstration team (Photo courtesy of Royal Canadian Air Force)

The Canadian Armed Forces has released a preliminary timeline for the return of Capt. Jennifer Casey to Halifax as she is laid to rest.


The event is scheduled to take place on Sunday, May 24 beginning at the Shell Aerocentre near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 5:00 pm.


There will be a brief ceremony on the tarmac followed by a procession around the city to honour her memory.


Casey, Public Affairs Officer for the Snowbirds, passed away when the plane she was in crashed in Kamloops, B.C. last weekend. Casey was part of Operation Inspiration, trying to raise morale across the country in the face of the pandemic.


"It is important to note that Capt Casey died trying to inspire people across the country to stay home, keep their distance, and stay safe while keeping their spirits high," says Public Affairs Officer Captain Jamie Tobin in an email. 


Because of this, spectators and participants are asked to keep their social distance from each other due to COVID-19.


Participants and spectators are encouraged to wear the Snowbirds colours -- red and white -- or Habs jerseys, Tragically Hip apparel, or Star Wars clothing -- all things Jenn was a fan of, according to her family.


The family says the route will go through the North end of Halifax and is long enough to ensure two metres of distancing for spectators.


The route for the parade is as follows:

•   From the Park & Fly parking lot to Highway 102;

•   Highway 102 to Bayers Road;

•   Bayers Road to Connaught Avenue;

•   Right onto Connaught Avenue to Almon Street;

•   Left onto Almon Street to Agricola Street;

•   Left onto Agricola Street to Highland Avenue;

•   Slight right onto Highland Avenue to Woodbine Avenue;

•   Left onto Woodbine Avenue to Rosemeade Avenue;

•   Left onto Rosemeade Avenue to Hillside Avenue;

•   Right onto Hillside Avenue to Robie Street;

•   Right onto Robie Street to Normandy Drive;

•   Left onto Normandy Drive to High Street;

•   Left onto High Street to Lady Hammond Road;

•   Left onto Lady Hammond Road to Robie Street;

•   Right onto Robie Street to Young Street;

•   Right onto Young Street to the Windsor Street intersection; continue straight onto Bayers Road;

•   Continue on Bayers Road to Atlantic Funeral Home.

A video live stream from the parade will be on and live audio streaming on NEWS 95.7 starting at 5:00 p.m.


Victoria  Walton

About the Author: Victoria Walton

Victoria is's weekend editor and a Halifax-based freelancer. She is originally from Nova Scotia's Annapolis Valley.
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