Cadets to provide ceremonial support on Anzac Day
THIS Anzac Day, 106 Army Cadet Unit cadet Curtis Aiken will again lead his fellow cadets in the Caloundra march.
The Australian Army Cadets have a long and proud tradition of supporting Anzac Day services across the country.
As possible future servicemen and women, they ensure communities have army representation on
the nation’s most important day.
Mr Aiken said he was proud to be representing our current and fallen soldiers at the march and catafalque party at the Caloundra RSL.
“Anzac Day makes me feel very proud, and I’m honoured to be asked to participate every year,” Mr Aiken said.
Funded by the Australian Defence Force, the cadets foster an ongoing interest in the Australian Army.
For Mr Aiken, joining the army had been his life-long dream, being a strong representative in Anzac Day marches for about five years.
Holding a Cadet Under Officer position (same rank as lieutenant), he said it was never a question of “do I want to”. It was rather a waiting game for his 18th birthday.
“I always thought cadets would train me up and prepare me, and it has in a lot of ways,” he said.
He said unit 106 prides itself on creating experiences that challenge youth both mentally and physically and represents the same rank structure as the ADF.
Aiken said the army cadets had changed his life – growing from a shy boy, to a born leader.
“I was very shy at the start, and I’m now at the point where I’m leading about 50 people,” he said.
“Before I joined, I never would have thought I could have done that.”
It not only trained him to grow and excel, but it gave him “friends for life” and educated him on the importance of Anzac Day and remembering our servicemen and women.
“It’s been my life, I want to do everything I can to give back to it.”
CADETS: Caloundra cadet Curtis Aiken (second from left) will be remembering those who served and continue to serve at the Caloundra Anzac Day Parade.