Marys­town sea cadets cel­e­brate 65 years

Mary Rose Corps 121 on re­view

The Southern Gazette - - Editorial - BY MAR­TINE BLUE mar­tineblue­news@gmail.com

Mem­bers of the Mary Rose Sea Cadet Corps 121 ex­uded poise, proficiency, skill and tal­ent on Satur­day, June 2, dur­ing their an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view (ACR).

Through mo­bile dis­plays, in­clud­ing drills, colour party, march­ing band and marks­man­ship, to static dis­plays in­volv­ing first aid, sail­ing, fit­ness and sea­man­ship, the cadets demon­strated how much they’ve ex­pe­ri­enced and learned dur­ing the past train­ing year.

Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Lt.(N) Roxanne Breon says the an­nual ACR is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for the cadets to show their fam­i­lies and the com­mu­nity how much they’ve de­vel­oped through their train­ing.

“Ev­ery year the cadets work re­ally hard,” Breon said. “Start­ing in Fe­bru­ary we start train­ing for our ACR. It’s ba­si­cally their day to show off . . . what they’ve learned and show the par­ents that they come in here and learn a lot.”

Breon noted for first-year cadets, es­pe­cially, it’s a lot of learn­ing.

“They come in as 12-year-old kids that have never seen any­thing mil­i­tary wise be­fore,” she said.

Breon is proud that the Marys­town corps is cel­e­brat­ing its 65th an­niver­sary.

“In 65 years there’s been thou­sands of cadets go through,” she noted. “Some of them con­tin­ued to mil­i­tary ca­reers.

“It’s a great or­ga­ni­za­tion,” she added. “We do ev­ery parade we can pos­si­bly do in the com­mu­nity, be­tween the Re­lay for Life or Take Back the Night events; what­ever we’re asked, if we can do it, we will.”

While the ACR marks the of­fi­cial end to the train­ing year, some cadets will con­tinue their train­ing this sum­mer at cadet train­ing camps, re­turn­ing to their squadron with new skills to pass on to their fel­low cadets. Dur­ing the cer­e­mony the cadets dis­played their skills. This was the marks­man­ship dis­play with Jaden Smith and Bethany Young on the air ri­fles and Nathan Lee on the scope. Re­view­ing Of­fi­cer RCMP Const. Craig Stride chats with PO2 Macken­zie Fitz­patrick dur­ing in­spec­tion.

PHO­TOS BY MAR­TINE BLUE/SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

CPO2 Chris­tian Barnes hoists the flags at the an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view of Mary Rose Corps 121.

In hon­our of the 65th an­niver­sary of Mary Rose Corps 121, the sea cadets and CO/Lt. Rosanne Breon were pre­sented with a ban­ner from the par­ents as­so­ci­a­tion. Pic­tured from left are Lori Hunt, Jeanne Barnes, Lt(N) Roxanne Breon, Jen­nie Young and Tonya Cheese­man.

The Mary Rose Corps 121 band, with PO1 Si­mone Hod­der; CPO2 Ceilidh Nose­wor­thy on snare drums; PO2 Ken­dra Han­nam with Bass Drum and P01 Shanelle Kil­foy on

PO1 Si­mone Hod­der re­ceived the Navy League four-year ser­vice medal. Her mother, Tracy Hod­der, pinned the medal to her uni­form.

Re­view­ing Of­fi­cer RCMP Const. Craig Stride and AS AJ Dunne.

MS Carly Sta­ple­ton and MS Chase Adams re­ceived the Top Guards­man Award, pre­sented by CI Alice Miller.

Re­view­ing Of­fi­cer RCMP Const. Craig Stride pre­sented CPO1 Nathan Lee with the Lord Strath­cona medal.

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