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Milan Kroupa Awarded RCAFA NORAD Trophy
The RCAF Association’s esteemed NORAD Trophy was presented to Milan Kroupa at his Edenvale Aerodrome by the Ontario Group President Bob DiMillo on Friday, 26 June, 2020.
The NORAD Trophy was inaugurated in 2008 to mark the 50th anniversary of the North American Aerospace Defense Command. It has been selected by the NEC for presentation to individuals or organizations which have made significant contributions to the preservation and perpetuation of Canada’s rich aviation history, values and traditions.
The ceremony was organized by Murray Conley and was at ‘M’ hangar with the mock-up of the Avro Arrow used as an appropriate back drop. Murray was assisted by many of our Wing members, especially Wally Capsticks who was the MC for the ceremony and Andy and Mary Lou Galton who made the program.
After the Opening Ritual conducted by Chairman Bill Sergeant, Milan Kroupa was inducted into the RCAF Association and 441 Wing by Past President Bob Coxon. Milan was then presented with the prestigious NORAD Trophy by the RCAF Association's Ontario Group President Bob DiMillo along with a keeper plaque and framed certificate.
In response, Milan gave a short speech summarizing his arrival in Canada as a refugee, the success Canada afforded him in his endeavours, his interest in aviation, the opportunity it gave him to give back to this country and his appreciation for the honour being bestowed on him.
For more information about Milan’s contributions to Canadian aviation, please click on or paste this link in your browser: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18UZ-AtBTsLr-x6z2bbf6sRhJ_D0IUWVI/view?usp=sharing