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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team creates a domino effect with their M-1 rifle during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team can spin their rifles in speeds of more than forty miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team creates a domino effect with their M-1 rifle during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team can spin their rifles in speeds of more than forty miles per hour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performed for Canadian veterans and their family’s in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 5. Many of the veterans are not capable to attend the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show and were provided a private show in their honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performed for Canadian veterans and their family’s in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 5. Many of the veterans are not capable to attend the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show and were provided a private show in their honor. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Senior Airmen Christopher Martinez-Hernandez, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, explains how it feels being in the armed services to ret. Canadian Navy, Petty officer, Donald McIntosh in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 5. The USAF Honor Guard greeted the many Canadian veterans in attendance housed at Serbeck Veteran’s Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Senior Airmen Christopher Martinez-Hernandez, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, explains how it feels being in the armed services to ret. Canadian Navy, Petty officer, Donald McIntosh in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 5. The USAF Honor Guard greeted the many Canadian veterans in attendance housed at Serbeck Veteran’s Village. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team are briefed about the Portraits of Honor in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. The Portraits of Honor is being painted by Canadian artist Dave Sopha, and currently holds the faces of 155 Canadian Armed force’s members who have been killed in the war in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team are briefed about the Portraits of Honor in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. The Portraits of Honor is being painted by Canadian artist Dave Sopha, and currently holds the faces of 155 Canadian Armed force’s members who have been killed in the war in Afghanistan. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Airmen 1st Class Billy Degraffenreid, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, performs at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. "Our goal here was to honor all those who have given their lives defending freedom past and present through the pride and precision exemplified by the USAF Honor Guard Drill Team," said Master Sgt. Nathan Todd, Drill Team flight chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Airmen 1st Class Billy Degraffenreid, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team member, performs at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. "Our goal here was to honor all those who have given their lives defending freedom past and present through the pride and precision exemplified by the USAF Honor Guard Drill Team," said Master Sgt. Nathan Todd, Drill Team flight chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Toss their M-1 Rifle back to the airman behind them during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. The air show is in its 17th year and there were more than 20,000 Canadians in attendance this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Toss their M-1 Rifle back to the airman behind them during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. The air show is in its 17th year and there were more than 20,000 Canadians in attendance this year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill team joins in prayer before the performance Aug. 6, at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada. The prayer brings the team together to motive them before their performances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill team joins in prayer before the performance Aug. 6, at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada. The prayer brings the team together to motive them before their performances. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The crowd applauses in the middle of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Teams’ performance Aug. 6, at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada. “We were honored to be able to see the USAF honor guard perform; we certainly hope that we will see you in many other shows across the country” said Canadian Forces Capt. Marc Velasco, 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, public affairs officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The crowd applauses in the middle of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Teams’ performance Aug. 6, at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada. “We were honored to be able to see the USAF honor guard perform; we certainly hope that we will see you in many other shows across the country” said Canadian Forces Capt. Marc Velasco, 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, public affairs officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team tosses their M-1 rifles into the air during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. “The drill team did a tremendous job this weekend here in Saskatoon, they performed with exemplarily professionalism, accuracy and precision” said Canadian Forces Capt. Marc Velasco, 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, public affairs officer ”it was quite an amazing show and an excellent job of representing the United state air force” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team tosses their M-1 rifles into the air during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 6. “The drill team did a tremendous job this weekend here in Saskatoon, they performed with exemplarily professionalism, accuracy and precision” said Canadian Forces Capt. Marc Velasco, 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, public affairs officer ”it was quite an amazing show and an excellent job of representing the United state air force” (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Master Sgt. Nathan Todd, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team flight chief, Marches through a barrage of swinging M-1 rifles making it through unscathed Aug. 6, in Saskatoon, Canada. The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team performed at annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)
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Master Sgt. Nathan Todd, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team flight chief, Marches through a barrage of swinging M-1 rifles making it through unscathed Aug. 6, in Saskatoon, Canada. The USAF Honor Guard Drill Team performed at annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team toss their M-1 rifles during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 7. “The drill team was great and there super ambassadors, keeping something like that to yourselves is kind of selfish, they should be let out a little more often.” Said Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Eldren Thuen, deputy commander of Mission Support One Canadian Air Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)
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The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team toss their M-1 rifles during a performance at the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Canada Aug. 7. “The drill team was great and there super ambassadors, keeping something like that to yourselves is kind of selfish, they should be let out a little more often.” Said Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Eldren Thuen, deputy commander of Mission Support One Canadian Air Division. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano)

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada -- More than 20,000 Canadians came to the annual Cameco Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Aug. 6 and 7, featuring a performance by the U.S Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team.

The event also featured performances by several Canadian aerial demonstration teams, including the Sky Hawks parachuting team, the CF-18 Hornets and the Snowbirds.

"The Drill Team was certainly key to the opening ceremonies," said Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Eldren Thuen, deputy commander of Mission Support One Canadian Air Division. "I believe the Drill Team brought something important to the air show that would have been lacking had they not been here."

The first Canada Remembers International Festival for Heroes Air Show was held 17 years ago with the intent of honoring Canadian armed forces veterans past and present, as well as those of its allies.

"Our goal here was to honor all those who have given their lives defending freedom past and present through the pride and precision exemplified by the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team," said Master Sgt. Nathan Todd, Drill Team flight chief. "I feel that through our performance here, we succeeded in doing that."

Service members on both sides felt that the event was a resounding success.

"Any time we have the opportunity to work with the United States armed forces, we always get excited," said Canadian Forces Capt. Marc Velasco, 431st Air Demonstration Squadron, public affairs officer. "It's great to see the joint relationship we share. We come from different countries, yet we are very similar in many ways in the profession of arms."