Red Deer Second World War veteran Tommy Baker was among those who got to see the CFL’s Grey Cup up close last September. The Grey Cup was in Red Deer to help raise funds for the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre. Red Deer Advocate file photo

Grey Cup coming to Red Deer

Famous football trophy will have military escort to Cormack Armoury

The Grey Cup is coming to Red Deer in style.

A military escort will deliver the storied Canadian Football League trophy to Cormack Armoury at 4402 55th St. on Friday at around 2 p.m.

The trophy is in the city as part of the Calgary Military Family Resource Centre’s third annual Operation Tea Cup. It involves a Grey Cup tour and a private party to raise awareness and funds for the centre.

Canadian Armed Forces military vehicles will be used to deliver the trophy to the armoury, where a barbecue and tailgate party will run from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be a cup presentation at 3:15 p.m.

The family resource centre supports families of Canadian Armed Forces members in southern Alberta, including Red Deer, where a satellite office is located.

Soldiers, veterans and family members often face unique challenges, including frequent separations, extended deployments and risks.

The centre helps military families through a variety of programs.

Central Alberta is home to more than 60 military families. Cormack Armoury is the base for the reserve’s 78th Field Battery and 2 Squadron of the 41 Signal Regiment.

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