Canada’s minister of national defence, Paul Hellyer, flew to St. Paul by helicopter to officially open the town’s 130-tonne flying saucer pad.
The $11,000 pad, built at the main entrance to the recreation grounds on land donated by the Town of St. Paul, was one of more than 100 Centennial Projects organized in the community.
One of the first vehicles to visit the pad was a saucer trucked in from Grande Prairie.
A time capsule built into the backstop of the flying saucer pad contained letters addressed to Canadians, to be opened June 3, 2067. A map of Canada, made with stones provided by each province, was embossed in the backstop, and all 10 provincial flags were flown from the pad.
A sign beside the pad reads: “The area under the world’s first UFO landing pad was designated international by the Town of St. Paul as a symbol of our faith that mankind will maintain the outer universe free from national wars and strife. That future travel in space will be safe for all intergalactic beings, all visitors from Earth or otherwise are welcome to this territory and to the Town of St. Paul.”
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