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RCAF Sets Guinness World Record for Most Landmarks Illuminated in 24 Hours

The Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) is proud to announce that, with the support of communities, businesses, and citizens in Canada and around the world, it has set a new Guinness World Record for the most landmarks lit in 24 hours. This feat was accomplished on April 1, 2024, as part of the RCAF’s Centennial Celebrations, highlighting a century of service and dedication to Canada.

Guinness World Records had strict requirements as to what constituted a landmark, and after reviewing the evidence, the Guinness World Records officials confirmed that the RCAF set a new World Record, with 56 landmarks illuminated in 24 hours, breaking the previous record of 38 landmarks set in 2010. To be considered a landmark by Guinness World Records, a location must be recognized by UNESCO, national governmental registers, or significant third-party registers. For this record, pre-confirmed locations were verified and approved by Guinness, with evidence including a 10-minute timestamped video, a photo of the landmark illuminated in blue on April 1, 2024, and two witness statements.

The Guinness World Records certificate was presented to Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny, Commander of the RCAF, Chief Warrant Officer John Hall, Command Chief Warrant Officer of the RCAF, and Captain Aaron Niles, Strategic Planner for the RCAF Centennial Team and lead for the illumination campaign, during the RCAF Centennial Ball on June 1, 2024, in Ottawa.

The initiative illuminated over 350 sites across Canada, including landmarks, government buildings, museums, and private residences. A display of blue light, the colour of the RCAF, marked the event, symbolizing national pride and gratitude for the RCAF’s contributions over the past 100 years.

The celebration of this record-breaking achievement extended beyond Canada’s borders. RCAF supporters worldwide joined together to honour the RCAF’s legacy and achievements, from Canadian embassies lighting up their buildings to landmarks across the globe. This global participation underscores the international respect and admiration for the RCAF’s century-long history of excellence and service.

In partnership with communities and cities nationwide, the event saw iconic landmarks like the CN Tower in Toronto and Parliament Hill in Ottawa illuminated, creating a nationwide display of unity and celebration.

The RCAF Centennial celebrations, a year-long tribute to our rich history and heritage, will continue with exciting events and activities. This significant milestone in our nation’s history invites all Canadians to join the celebrations and learn more about the RCAF’s contributions to national and global peace and security efforts.

“We are incredibly proud to have set this Guinness World Record. This illumination event was a visual spectacle and a heartfelt tribute to RCAF personnel, past and present, who have served our country with distinction. We are grateful to all Canadians and our global partners who participated and helped us light up the nation and the world in celebration of our Centennial.”

Lieutenant-General Eric Kenny, Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force and Chief of the Air Force Staff

“To see so many people come together to celebrate the Centennial of the Royal Canadian Air Force was truly remarkable. Over the past century, the RCAF has achieved incredible feats thanks to the dedication and talent of its amazing personnel. This milestone is a testament to all who participated at home and abroad, whose unwavering support has made such achievements possible.”

Colonel Margaret Jacula, Campaign Manager, RCAF 2024

ADDITIONAL INFO

  • Over 350 locations in Canada, across all 10 provinces in Canada participated in the illumination event.
  • In total, over 500 locations illuminated worldwide in 26 countries.
  • Internationally, locations in Australia, Austria, Bermuda, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Peru, Poland, Scotland, Slovenia, South Korea, and the United States participated.
  • The full list of participating locations from the illumination campaign can be found on the RCAF Centennial Website.
  • The RCAF had landmarks which counted towards the Guinness World Record in the following countries: Canada, Scotland, South Korea, New Zealand, France, Austria, Estonia, and Ireland. Out of the 56 landmarks, 42 sites were in Canada:

 

Canada

Outside Canada

 

  1. Bradford Heritage Clock Tower – Bradford East Gwillimbury
  2. Calgary Jack Singer Concert Hall – Calgary
  3. Telus Sky – Calgary
  4. Calgary Plus 15 – Calgary
  5. Calgary Tower – Calgary
  6. Canada Life Centre – Winnipeg
  7. Canadian Warplane Museum – Mount Hope
  8. Diamond Valley – Diamon Valley
  9. Innisfil Legion – Innisfil
  10. Missisauga Clock Tower – Missisauga
  11. Ottawa Peace Tower – Ottawa
  12. Radome – Clinton
  13. Rogers Centre – Toronto
  14. Thunder Bay Battle of Britain Monument – Thunder Bay
  15. Vancouver City Hall – Vancouver
  16. Alberta Legislature – Edmonton
  17. Vancouver Lookout – Vancouver
  18. Bloedel Conservatory – Vancouver
  19. Saanich Municipal Hall – Saanich
  20. Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver
  21. New Westminster City Hall – New Westminster
  22. BC Place – Vancouver
  23. Signal Hill – St John’s
  24. Government House (Newfoundland and Labrador) – St John’s
  25. Selkirk Water Tower – Selkirk
  26. Government House (Nova Scotia) – Halifax
  27. Halifax City Hall – Halifax
  28. Camp Hill – Halifax
  29. CN Tower – Toronto
  30. Guelph City Hall – Guelph
  31. Brockville Rail tunnel – Brockville
  32. North Bay City Hall – North Bay
  33. Gummer Building – Guelph
  34. The Post Office – Guelph
  35. Meaford Water Tower – Meaford
  36. M.L McConaghy Seniors Centre Cenotaph – Richmond Hill
  37. Aurora War Memorial Peace Park – Aurora
  38. The Armoury – Aurora
  39. Belleville Town Hall – Bellville
  40. Estevan Water Tower – Estevan
  41. Charlottetown City Hall – Charlottetown
  42. Pearson Airport – Toronto

 

New Zealand

  1. Christchurch Airport – Christchurch
  2. Queens Park Feldwick Gates – Invercargill
  3. Queens Park Fountain – Invercargill

 

Scotland

  1. Falkirk Wheel – Falkirk
  2. The Town House Hamilton – Hamilton
  3. Marischal College – Aberdeen
  4. Scullion Law – Hamilton
  5. St Andrews House – Edinburgh
  6. Allan Church – Bannockburn

 

Ireland

  1. Cork City Hall – Cork City

 

South Korea

  1. Seoul Tower – Seoul

 

Austria

  1. Danube Tower – Vienna

 

Estonia

  1. Tallinn Tower – Tallinn

 

France

  1. Juno Bach Centre – Normandy

 

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