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Red Fridays in Trenton

Real Estate Agent with Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario

Trenton is a military town. It's home to C.F.B. Trenton, Canada's largest air force base and is the hub for Canada's air transport operations within Canada and abroad. At the moment it is a very busy place, supplying Canada's operations in Afghanistan as well as our other U.N. commitments.

C.F.B Trenton is home to a few squadrons which include;

424 (Transport & Rescue) Squadron (424 Tiger Squadron) - Flying the CC-130 and CH-146.
426 (Transport & Training) Squadron (426 Thunderbird Squadron) - training for CC-130, CC-150, CH-146.
429 (Transport) Squadron (429 Bison Squadron) - Flying the CC-177.
436 (Transport) Squadron (436 Tusker Squadron) - Flying the CC-130E, H, and J models.
437 (Transport) Squadron (437 Husky Squadron) - Flying the CC-150.
412 (Transport) Squadron - Flying the CC-144 
2 Air Movements Squadron.
8 Air Communications and Control Squadron.
8 Air Maintenance Squadron (8 AMS).

The base plays a huge role in our community, and as well as being home to active military personnel, many people choose to retire here once they have completed their service. Needless to say, the population is very supportive of our military and their efforts at home and abroad.

Most businesses in Trenton show their support every Friday by wearing red. If you were to visit this town on a Friday, just about everybody you would encounter would be wearing a red shirt. Large companies such as Walmart, Canadian Tire, Zellers and Metro have specially made uniforms that their staff wear on Fridays. Smaller businesses such as diners, local stores and gas stations also have their "Friday shirts". Even the agents at Remax have a shirt that we wear on Fridays to show our support.

It's not much of an effort to wear a red shirt on Friday, and as an individual it doesn't really do very much, but when an entire community wears red as a show of support, military personnel will know that this town is behind them one hundred percent. If you ever happen to be coming out this way on a Friday, make sure to be wearing a red shirt, it's a very small gesture in support of the men and women who are working very hard to keep us safe.

support our troops

Janice Ankrett
Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Sounds like a wonderful community Malcolm. And you look good in red ;).

Jan 14, 2011 03:21 AM
Jo-Anne Smith
Oakville, ON

That's great Malcolm.....I'll have to mention it to my Mom (who lives in Trenton) to see if she wears red too.


Jan 14, 2011 08:39 AM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Janice, thanks very much,  Trenton is a wonderful community, and red is my clolour (except for hockey, then it's Maple Leafs blue all the way).

Jo, I'm sure your mom's aware of the tradition, but unless she's at work she won't have to wear red.

Jan 15, 2011 02:58 AM
Suesan Jenifer Therriault
JTHIS-Professional Home Inspection Team - Blakeslee, PA
"Inspecting every purchase as if it were my own".

Sounds like yet another awesome way to let our men and women in uniform know how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they and their families take to keep 

Jan 15, 2011 03:41 AM
Chris Smith
Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage - New Tecumseth, ON
South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta

What a nice way to show support.  I service a military town.. Angus, just outside Base Borden.  I am going to see if they do anything similar there...

Jan 15, 2011 04:27 PM
Brian Madigan
RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto) - Toronto, ON
LL.B., Broker


That seems to be a great idea. Obviously, it works in a small community, and that's one of the advantages of living in a small community.


Jan 16, 2011 04:18 AM
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Supporting your troops is always the proper thing to do! They make our freedom possible!

Jan 23, 2011 08:46 AM