Cadets to pro­vide cer­e­mo­nial sup­port on An­zac Day

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS / ANZAC DAY 2019 -

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

CADETS: Caloun­dra cadet Cur­tis Aiken (sec­ond from left) will be re­mem­ber­ing those who served and con­tinue to serve at the Caloun­dra An­zac Day Pa­rade.

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