Cadets proudly standing in silence as they represented the Cenotaph Party in front of a large Petawawa crowd throughout the ceremony. (Submitted photo)
Posted on Thursday, December 7, 2017
PETAWAWA – Training for Cadets from 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps was never a dull moment as their on-going energetic and dynamic fall and winter activity schedule progressed into November.
Cadets haunted Hugli’s Blueberry Ranch in Pembroke on the night of Friday, Oct. 27, and had a great time screaming and laughing with their comrades.
While a greater than usual number of Cadets were not present for the following Tuesday night training sessions, Cadets who attended on Halloween night also had a great time watching a movie and carving pumpkins!
The activity pace continued but changed to one more about appreciation and commemoration, starting with Poppy Sales on behalf of the Petawawa Legion on Saturday, Nov. 4, and Sunday, Nov. 5. Cadets were stationed at various business locations throughout Petawawa, inviting members of the community to wear a poppy and help raise funds for Veterans and their families.
Eleven Cadets also volunteered to assist with serving Veterans and their families at the yearly Veterans’ Dinner at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 on Thursday, Nov. 9.
Sgt Nordin, who has participated in the experience more than once as a Cadet, enjoyed the opportunity to not only volunteer but also catch up with Veterans from years past. “It’s always entertaining to listen to their stories or when they remember you from past Veterans’ Dinners.”
As a senior Cadet, Sgt Nordin also discussed the importance and role volunteering plays in the Army Cadet Corps. “Attending these dinners shows your activeness in the community and brings a better name to the Cadet Corps overall,” he said.
LCpl Haynes maintains that helping at the dinner is not just about community service. It is about being there for others. “Supporting the veterans is a part of Remembrance Day,” she says.
On Saturday, Nov. 11, 36 Cadets marched in harmony, showing strength and deportment, alongside Veterans and current members of the Canadian Armed Forces in the Petawawa Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony. Six of these Cadets were also honoured to proudly stand in silence, representing the Cenotaph Party in front of a large Petawawa crowd throughout the ceremony.
Cadet Cpl Pelletier was also selected to parade in the Flag Party ahead of his unit with members of the Petawawa Legion. “It felt pretty good that they would choose a Cadet for something like that,” said Cpl Pelletier.
The opportunity was a unique Cadet experience. Cpl Pelletier said, “It was different because we were leading the parade. We were in the front, out in the open, and had to stay on the same pace. It was a good experience and definitely something I want to do again.”
This Remembrance Day Parade also the first time some Cadets participated in the community parade. “The experience was very interesting,” said newcomer, Cdt Whelan. “It was also life changing like I was in the real army taking thanks to Veterans. It felt good to know I was actually apart of remembering in a formal way.”
Cdt Whelan also described what it was like to march alongside his fellow comrades and what it meant to be part of 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps. “It felt like I was part of a family. Like a family of Cadets per se.”
2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps hopes to continue their involvement in the Petawawa Remembrance Day Parade and Ceremony next year.
2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps Fundraising Efforts: Cadets continued with their fundraising efforts for Corps’ training activities and equipment by selling Temiskaming Maple Syrup for $20 per litre alongside 2677 Pembroke Army Cadet Corps and 638 Algonquin Air Cadet Corps for the month of November.
Fundraising helps makes the many activities Cadets have throughout the year possible as well as provides them with the opportunity to interact with the public.
Cadets, staff, and volunteers from 2642 3 RCR Army Cadet Corps would also like to thank members of the local community and the many local businesses in Petawawa and Deep River who helped make their Fall Tag Day and Car Wash a success! Funds raised during the Fall Tag and Car Wash will assist in purchasing chairs, clipboards, and tables for the Army Cadet Corps and their regular Tuesday night training activities.
Thank you to Relocation by Lisa, McDonald’s, Petawawa Dental Centre, Canex, Rona Petawawa, Esso, Millbrook Tactical, Mac’s Convenience, Tim Hortons, Rexall Pharma Plus, and Dairy Queen as well as the Giant Tiger and Canadian Tire, Deep River locations.