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UPDATE: Snowbirds to fly over Guelph on Sunday

It is an effort to salute Canadians.

The Canadian military’s air show flight team, the Snowbirds, are scheduled to fly over Guelph on Sunday evening as part of Operation Inspiration after inclement weather cancelled the original flight on Saturday.

Snowbirds via Canadian Armed Forces.

An earlier press release said the Snowbirds “will cross the country to salute Canadians doing their part to fight the spread of COVID-19.”

Every year, the Canadian Forces Snowbirds travel the country putting smiles on the faces of Canadians,” said Lieutenant-General Al Meinzinger, commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force.

“While Canadians may not be able to gather at air shows for now, we’re honoured to bring the Snowbirds team to Canadians and to pay special tribute to them.”

The Snowbirds were scheduled to take off at 4:15 p.m. from the London area and land near Barrie an hour later, while flying over Guelph.

“We encourage Canadians to observe the flyovers from the safety of their home and refrain from travelling to see the flyovers,” the Snowbirds said in a post to social media.

“Please maintain physical distancing practices that are keeping us all safe,” the post adds.

Times are based on take-off but those interested can follow @CFSnowbirds for updates.

“We’ve been asked to do what we do best… inspire Canadians,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Mike French in the release.

“Through Operation INSPIRATION, we not only want to salute the front-line health-care workers, first responders, and essential workers, but also all Canadians doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19. We want Canadians to know we’re in this with you.”