Cadets in Can­berra for An­zac Day

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Alex As­bery and 14 other cadets from 41 City of Porirua Squadron will this week en­joy the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time.

The 15 cadets will cel­e­brate the 100-year cen­te­nary of World War I by be­ing part of an An­zac Day com­mem­o­ra­tion pa­rade in Can­berra.

‘‘It’s sup­posed to be a big pa­rade. I’ve never been on an over­seas trip with cadets be­fore, but this is go­ing to be a great ex­pe­ri­ence and a lot of fun,’’ the 20-year-old said last week.

They will be march­ing in the An­zac Day pa­rade on Satur­day along­side coun­ter­parts from 49 squadron in Kapiti and 22 squadron in the Hutt Val­ley. A to­tal of 50 cadets from Welling­ton will spend this week in Can­berra.

‘‘It’s been in the plan­ning for the last two years, for us to do some­thing to mark the 100 years com­mem­o­ra­tion. The group is re­ally com­mit­ted and we’re all look­ing for­ward to the ex­pe­ri­ence.

‘‘It has been per­fectly timed, and even though we will miss the New Zealand ser­vices, we will still cel­e­brate An­zac Day.’’

As­bery holds the rank of un­der of­fi­cer in his squadron and is a No 2 flight com­man­der.

He has been work­ing hard to or­gan­ise his squadron and will be ex­cited to see it all come to­gether.

‘‘It’s the ex­pe­ri­ence I’m look­ing for­ward to.’’

For as long as As­bery can re­mem­ber he has had an in­ter­est in avi­a­tion, and can­not wait to visit the Rich­mond Air Force Base while in Australia.

As­bery is orig­i­nally from Eng­land, but has spent most of his life in Whitby. He is now flat­ting in Karori be­cause of uni­ver­sity com­mit­ments.

The squadron re­ceived $1000 from New Zealand Maori Tourism to fund polo shirts and me­mo­rial pins for the trip.

The 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron, air train­ing corps has mem­bers stretch­ing across Porirua City and Tawa. It of­fers a var­ied range of ac­tiv­i­ties in its train­ing pro­gramme for peo­ple from 13 to 18. That in­cludes firearms safety and tar­get shoot­ing, avi­a­tion stud­ies, and drill and ser­vice train­ing.

The squadron meets on Mon­day nights, start­ing at 6.30pm dur­ing the school term in the TS Taupo build­ing, Ngati­toa Domain, Mana.

Alex As­bery, un­der of­fi­cer in 41 (City of Porirua) Squadron, is ex­cited to be part of a group of cadets cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nary of World War I in Can­berra, Australia.

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