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'Through Adversity to the Stars'

879 Earl McLeod Wing celebrates 92nd RCAF anniversary

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t was 1924, Lenin just died and Stalin took his place as head of the USSR. The fledgling Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) was just beginning to spread its wings.

Pilots were hopping into their single-seat Sopwith Camels and heading out in support of allied troops in occupied Germany.

Many families in Canada had or have members in the RCAF. In Chilliwack, about 50 members of the 879 Earl McLeod Wing got together last Thursday for the RCAF's 92 anniversary celebratory lunch and special cake adorned with the Canadian flag.

Last Thursday, the 879 celebrated the RCAF's 92nd Anniversary at the Royal Canadian Legion branch No. 4.

Above Lena Clarwalt (L) and Lynne cut the cake.

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 4 on Mary Street hosts the annual celebrations and 879 secretary Lena Clarwalt says they are all very grateful to the branch for its support.

"Our Wing is very lucky to be able to hold our monthly Wing meetings in the basement at the Legion. We do not have our own 'place' as such. Every 3rd Wednesday of the month from September to June at 7pm," said Clarwalt in an e-mail to The Voice last week.

"We also have our meetings there October, February and April which are our "Pot Luck" meetings starting at 6pm with great home cooked meals brought in by everyone. Our meetings are in a 'get together' atmosphere. We also have a breakfast get together every first Saturday of the month at 9:30am at the Royal Hotel downtown and usually there are about 22 to 28 Veterans coming."

One of the things that the 879 is known for in Chilliwack is their Ident-a-Kid program where children are photographed, fingerprinted, weighted etc and recorded in a book that looks like small passport. In the cases of a small baby a foot print in taken.

This is done so that if there is need to locate a lost or missing child, the information is available to help with the search. They can do it again the children are a few years older.

The 879 Wing, with the help of 47 Air Wolf Squadron, has been doing this for over 25 years and during that time have identified over 6000 kids. The next Ident-a-Kid day is April 16 at the Cottonwood Mall. There is no cost but donations are accepted to help to replace the supplies used.

For more Info call 604-792-3677.

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