Why We Exist
Two museum visitors – one is 90 and the other, 13. The first seems lonely and a little forlorn, looking to remember the adventures and victories of his youth. The second is wide-eyed and excited; she is thrilled to learn about the role played by the men and women of Canada’s Air Force.
Both love the Air Force Museum for opening their eyes and hearts to both what has gone before and the promise of what lies ahead.
No one wants war, especially those who have fought in them; however, the world has been and remains a dangerous place for freedom-loving peoples.
The world wants and needs countries like Canada to create the environment for peace and then to help preserve it. Throughout history, Canadians have never shirked the call for help from abroad. This call has come to Canada for two reasons. First, because of our willingness to stand on guard and to take up arms when needed and, even more importantly, because of our demonstrated ability to respect the dignity of others.
We want our guests to leave invigorated with knowledge of our military accomplishments and an appreciation of the fact that peace is not just the absence of war but the protection of hard won freedoms.