Navy to land at Cupids
HMCS St. John’s and crew to visit the historic port on Sept. 18
Sea Cadet Corps Band, will also be present for the day’s activities.
At 2:30 p.m., the cadets will lead a parade, carrying the Queen’s colours from the Akerman Building to the Cupids Legacy Centre on Seaforest Drive.
“ The kids will get to participate in making history and have the opportunity to do something they wouldn’t have done before,” Garland added.
The centre will be the venue for a freedom-of-the-city ceremony, an honour bestowed by some municipalities to esteemed members of its community or to organizations that have given the community heoic service.
“ The navy will make a request to the Town of Cupids to enable them to march through Cupids at any time,” explained Garland. “By granting permission, the town will welcome the navy any time of their choosing.”
Following the ceremony, the march will continue to Millbrook Garden, where a tree will be planted in recognition of Cupids’ role as the birthplace of English Canada.
That night, Cupids 400 Inc. will host a reception for the visitors.
Public ship tours will be offered, courtesy of HMCS St. John’s, from 5 - 7 p.m., departing from the government wharf, Seaforest Drive.
“As we celebrate with Cupids 400, we welcome you to join in the navy’s celebration,” said P. Dean McFadden, vice admiral, chief of the maritime staff.
The HMCS St. John’s will leave Cupids at 8:30 on Sunday morning.
The event is the latest in a string of activities associated with the 400th anniversary of the establishment of the first English colony in Canada by John Guy in 1610.
The HMCS St. John’s, shown here entering St. John’s Harbour, will visit Cupids for Navy Day on Sept. 18.