Navy to land at Cupids

HMCS St. John’s and crew to visit the his­toric port on Sept. 18

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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.

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