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Captain Jennifer Casey To Be Honoured With A Procession Through Halifax

Canada is getting ready to pay tribute to one of our fallen. Captain Jennifer Casey is going to be honoured with a procession in Nova Scotia. Her family has a special request for those coming out to pay their respects.

On May 24, Casey's body will be returned home to Nova Scotia.

A procession that will go through the streets of Halifax will be held in honour of the Snowbirds member.

According to The Canadian Press, a brief ceremony will be held on the tarmac of Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 5:00 p.m. AT.  

Canada's Governor General will be in attendance.

After that, the procession will move through the city.

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces told the Canadian Press that Casey's family has a special request for those coming out to pay tribute.

Her family wants people who watch the procession to be comfortable.

So, people can wear Montreal Canadiens jerseys, The Tragically Hip merch and Star Wars clothing, because those were some of Casey's interests.

The Snowbirds also tweeted that people could wear red and white to honour Casey as those are the flying team's official colours.*

The procession will be livestreamed on the Facebook pages of the Snowbirds, Royal Canadian Air Force and Canadian Armed Forces for everyone in Canada to watch.

Even if you can't be there in person, you can still pay your respects.

Casey, a member of the Snowbirds aerobatic team, was killed in a crash on May 17 in Kamloops, B.C.

The pilot of the plane was injured.

The accident happened shortly after their plane took off from the airport. 

Casey and the pilot were on the Snowbirds' Operation INSPIRATION, a cross-Canada tour meant to lift the spirits of Canadians coast to coast and salute frontline workers during the pandemic.

The Prime Minister shared a statement after the crash happened to give his condolences.

"Our thoughts are with the families of Captain Casey and Captain MacDougall, as well as the entire Canadian Forces Snowbirds team, as they grieve this terrible loss," he said.

After the accident, a B.C. aviation group paid tribute with a flyover dubbed "Operation Backup Inspiration."

*Editor's note: This story has been updated. 

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