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Two-day family fun event, Con Forza, begins on July 1

The third edition of the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East’s signature event Con Forza, is an event to celebrate military members and connect with the community. This two-day family fun event begins on July 1 at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and continues on July 2nd in Montreal.

“Quebec holds an important place in Canada’s military heritage. The first mission for our military is to protect Canada, its values and its people, both here and abroad, and our military do so brilliantly, you can be proud of them. CON FORZA, is an event that pays tribute to our military and celebrates this heritage. This 3rd edition will take place over two days, on two sites, filled with activities, military demonstrations of three elements: Aviation, Navy and Army and various musical performances, including La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment,” said BGen. Stéphane Lafaut, 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force (East) Commander.

Con Forza festivities begin on Canada Day and are being held in partnership with the city of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu , who is celebrating their 350th anniversary. During the day, families can enjoy a variety of activities including a sports clinic organized by Personnel Support Programs (PSP). Also present at the event will be representatives from the Montreal Alouttes and Montreal Impact.

In the evening, audiences can enjoy a musical show and firework spectacle. La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment will be performing alongside Quebec musician Gregory Charles and various other guest artists. Admission is free.

On July 2nd families are invited to visit Six Flags La Ronde in Montreal. Discounted prices will be available for military members with several privileges including an exclusive time to experience the rides from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Once again in the evening, families can enjoy a unique firework display themed “Our Heroes” to the soundtrack of La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment.

Over the course of the two day event, visitors will also have the chance to view both static and dynamic demonstrations of military equipment from the different elements of the military.

“It’s a great opportunity for the military families as well to see what their family members do with the military as well as a great opportunity to get close to the community and let them see what we do,” remarked Capt. Julie L. Pagé, Public Affairs Officer.

Con Forza is put on by the 2nd Canadian Division and Joint Task Force East, one of the main six formation that fall within the Headquarters of the Canadian Army. It is comprised of both regular and reserve forces of Quebec.

“Our military works very hard. Their mission number one is to protect Canada, it’s values and it’s people. This is a way to give back to military personnel, to spend the day with their family. This is a very important pillar in our lives, to have families that support us. It’s a way to spend good quality family together as well as reach out and meet our fellow citizens,” stated Pagé.

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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