Show­ing their stuff

2584 Whit­bourne army cadets hold an­nual re­view

The Compass - - THE COMPASS - BY NICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The ri­fle team for the 2584 Whit­bourne army cadets had just left the gym­na­sium at Whit­bourne El­e­men­tary when Lt.-Col. Wayne Miller was com­pelled to call the team back in.

The corps was hold­ing its 57th cer­e­mo­nial re­view on May 25 when Miller stood as the team lined up in front of him.

Turn­ing to par­ents, grand­par­ents and fam­ily mem­bers, the re­view­ing of­fi­cer said he was amazed at the dis­play he had just seen. “You should all be proud,” he said. It is rare for an ACR to be stopped in the mid­dle. Usu­ally, the corps runs through its en­tire pro­gram be­fore the re­view­ing of­fi­cer will give his re­marks. How­ever, this time was dif­fer­ent.

Miller im­plored the crowd to give the ri­fle team, and by ex­ten­sion, the en­tire 2584 group, a stand­ing ap­plause.

The rest of the pro­gram in­cluded a phys­i­cal train­ing demon­stra­tion, a slideshow — which brought com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Capt. Patti Kennedy to tears — and some im­pres­sive chore­og­ra­phy from the band.

“They cer­tainly did an out­stand­ing job,” said Miller. “Just look­ing at all of the in­for­ma­tion and all of the things they did through­out the year, the peo­ple are to be com­mended.”

Com­mu­nity sup­port is a big part of any cadet pro­gram, and that sup­port can be seen with 2584. The corps is the long­est run­ning youth group in Whit­bourne. Sup­port­ers lined both sides of the gym­na­sium and cheered af­ter each demon­stra­tion and when each award was given out.

“That’s why the cadet corps is as strong as it is to­day,” said Miller.

Cadets are seen as an or­ga­ni­za­tion that ben­e­fits ev­ery youth that par­tic­i­pates in the pro­gram.

“In school they’re taught read­ing, writ­ing and arith­metic. The three R’s, but the cadets teach you two more Rs. They teach you re­spect and re­spon­si­bil­ity,” said Miller.

Pulling through

The cadets of 2584 were in a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion for most of the year. Whit­bourne El­e­men­tary was slated to close at the end of June, which meant the corps would be left with­out a home for next year.

How­ever, the Eastern School Dis­trict board of trus­tees re­scinded the mo­tion to close the school last month. This means the corps could still have its home next year.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult com­ing in with so much un­cer­tainty hang­ing over your head,” said Kennedy.

The cadets put that aside, said Kennedy, and fo­cused their en­ergy into the ef­fort put forth over the year and into the ACR.

“It was the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of ev­ery­thing the kids have worked for all year,” she said.

Lord Strath­cona

Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Daniel Gosse was awarded the Lord Strath­cona Trust Medal. The medal is given to the cadet who ex­udes ex­em­plary per­for­mance in phys­i­cal and mil­i­tary train­ing. It is the high­est in­di­vid­ual award that can be given to a cadet in Canada.

“I don’t have words to de­scribe how happy I am that I won the medal,” he said.

A Level III stu­dent at Cres­cent Col­le­giate in Blake­town, Gosse was proud of the way his fel­low cadets per­formed.

“I don’t think we could have done it any bet­ter,” he said.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Lt.-Col. Wayne Miller (cen­tre) in­spects a group of cadets at the 2584 Whit­bourne army cadets an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view at Whit­bourne El­e­men­tary on May 25. Also in the photo are (l-r) War­rant Of­fi­cer Am­ber­lee El­ford, Chief War­rant Of­fi­cer Daniel Gosse and Capt. Patti Kennedy.

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