Hon­our­ing the mil­i­tary

Kentville pro­vides mil­i­tary Free­dom of the Town

Annapolis Valley Register - - APPLE BLOSSOM - BY WENDY EL­LIOTT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA KENTVILLE

A green-clad mil­i­tary of­fi­cer went up to Kentville town hall, held up a sword and banged loudly.

Gar­ri­son co-or­di­na­tor, Maj. Brent Kerr, and gar­ri­son Sgt. Maj., mas­ter war­rant of­fi­cer Joel Turn­bull, were chal­lenged.

Mayor San­dra Snow re­sponded by say­ing loudly, “Who goes there?”

Then, Kerr re­quested the Free­dom of the Town.

Kentville and the 5th Cana­dian Di­vi­sion Sup­port Base (CDSB) De­tach­ment (Det) Alder­shot, its new name, marked a long-stand­ing re­la­tion­ship on May 27.

Dur­ing the for­mal cer­e­mony, po­lice chief Ken Reade and the of­fi­cers ad­vanced on the front door of town hall and knocked three times.

That was fol­lowed by a gen­eral salute, the play­ing of the na­tional an­them, a bless­ing and Snow’s in­spec­tion of the pa­rade as civil­ians looked on.

Fol­low­ing procla­ma­tions and pre­sen­ta­tions, the pa­rade marched past the town hall with drums beat­ing, colours fly­ing and bay­o­nets fixed, pro­ceed­ing along Corn­wal­lis Street.

The his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tion is in­tended to sig­nify respect for the de­tach­ment com­monly called Camp Alder­shot, its of­fi­cers and per­son­nel.

Mem­bers of the de­tach­ment were look­ing for­ward to the event,” said Kerr.

“It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to see their friends and neigh­bours in the Cana­dian Armed Forces show­ing their sup­port for the com­mu­nity.”

Snow, who is a re­tired mil­i­tary of­fi­cer her­self, was pre­sented with a large, framed cer­tifi­cate marked the cer­e­mony. It last took place in 2012.

Lo­cated just north of Kentville, Alder­shot sup­ports in­di­vid­ual train­ing for reg­u­lar force and pri­mary re­serve Cana­dian Army of­fi­cers and sol­diers from across Canada. It has ap­prox­i­mately 54 per­son­nel.

Cur­rently, Alder­shot sup­ports the ma­jor­ity of train­ing for 5th Cana­dian Di­vi­sion re­serve units dur­ing the sum­mer months, and sup­ports lead­er­ship and ba­sic train­ing full-time through­out the year. The base also sup­ports other gov­ern­ment de­part­ments with train­ing fa­cil­i­ties. It is cel­e­brat­ing its 113th year in its cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

The time-hon­oured tra­di­tion of the Free­dom of the Town cer­e­mony goes back to me­dieval Europe and was orig­i­nally granted to mil­i­tary units that had gained the trust of a mu­nic­i­pal­ity.

WENDY EL­LIOTT

Kentville Mayor San­dra Snow in­spects the troops dur­ing a cer­e­mony giv­ing the Cana­dian mil­i­tary based at the Alder­shot de­tach­ment the Free­dom of the Town on May 27.

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