Where the proud parade
295 Baccalieu puts off a succesful annual ceremonial review
The red sign on the far wall of the gymnasium at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican reads ‘where the proud parade.’
When it comes to the young men and women of the 295 Baccalieu Sea Cadet Corps the slogan could not hold a greater meaning.
The corps held its 28th annual ceremonial review on April 28.
The 80 cadets marched around the gymnasium, the band belted out songs and the drill team put on a first-class display of their talents for a packed house at Baccalieu Collegiate.
Looking at their faces, one could see the sense of pride splashed all over their faces. But, the pride did not stop with the cadets.
For each step pounded into the hard rubber floor, it was their mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters and brothers who beamed with pride as a full year of preparation had culminated in a near-flawless performance.
After each drill, the cadets were met with raucous applause from the large group of onlookers.
“This sense of community is just amazing,” said reviewing officer Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Houle. “This is what allows for something like this to be possible.”
Lt.-Cmdr. Houle is the executive officer with the regional cadet support unit for the Atlantic provinces. He said he was impressed by the work he had just seen.
On numerous occasions, Houle could be seen leaning to his right and whispering his praises to the unit’s commanding officer, Lt.Cmdr. Clifford Morgan.
“You don’t know how incredibly proud I am to have made the call to come see this for myself,” said Houle. “I wouldn’t believe it, if I didn’t see it.”
He again commented on the support the community showed the corps.
“I can’t imagine how proud your parents, family and friends are,” said Houle. “It’s well deserved.”
Houle was in awe of the ability each cadet showed while on parade. Admitting that he did not have much skill when it came to parading, Houle said it would take him 10 years just to “master one piece of this, let alone, do it in the dark.”
Lt.-Cmdr. Morgan had similar words to Houle. He praised the work done by his cadets, thanking each of them for the amount of work they put in each week.
“Most of you know what is expected of you once you commit to being a cadet, and you take your role very seriously,” said Morgan.
Morgan is not alone in making sure 295 Baccalieu runs like a well-oiled machine. He has support staff that he calls an “excellent group” and are “very dedicated to working with the corps.”
“This has been a very comfortable year for me as CO due to the dedication and commitment of these people,” he said.
Morgan also paid notice to the work done by the Bay de Verde branch of the Navy League.
“This group of volunteers are what keeps this corps as active as it is,” he said.
Behind every good group of cadets are a good group of parents, who make sure their son or daughter attend every meeting and event.
“Parental and community support for this corps is unbelievable, to say the least,” said Morgan.
Morgan made note of the Baccalieu Lion’s Club, who donated the meals for the banquet later in the evening.
Chief Petty Officer I Chantae Garland picked up the coveted Lord Strathcona medal. It is the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Canadian cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.
Garland is following in the footsteps of her older sister Michaela, who received the award two years prior.
“It’s pretty exciting that I got it,” said Garland.
Garland is a Level III student at Baccalieu Collegiate and will be attending Memorial University in the fall, where she will be starting work on a degree in biochemisty.
She said she was proud of the work put in by her fellow cadets.
“We put a lot of work into this presentation and we are all so proud of the turnout. It’s exciting,” said Garland.
LEFT: Able Seaman Matthew Kelly plays the snare drum.
Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Houle (right), accompanied by 295 Baccalieu Chief Petty Officer I Chantae Garland (centre), begins his inspection of the sea cadet corps at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican on April 28. Also in the photo is Petty Officer I Kailey Noonan.
The 295 Baccalieu senior drill team shows off its moves during the ACR.
Petty Officer II Antoni Power (right) plays a tribute to country music legend George Jones, who passed away on April 26. He was accompaneyd by Aaron Kelly, a former Chief Petty Officer I with 295 Baccalieu. They played the well-known classic “Choices.”
Chief Petty Officer I Chantae Garland (left) receives the Lord Strathcona medal from Lt.-Cmdr. Robert Houle.