K-147 Baddeck Sea Cadets granted 'Freedom of the City'
K-147 Baddeck Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps celebrated the 100th anniversary of Sea Cadets in Canada on Oct. 28. The celebration began with special service at Knox Presbyterian Church followed by a “Freedom of the City” parade and a mess dinner at the Baddeck Legion. Heavy rain forced the parade indoors to municipal council chambers. The ceremony, rooted in ancient Roman tradition, began with Lt (N) Laura Dixon knocking on the door of chambers exclaiming, “We are the K147 Baddeck Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps we request permission to freely march down the streets of Baddeck.” To which Village Chair Brian Morrison recited the proclamation of Civic Recognition: “Whereas We the Chairperson and the Commissioners of the the Village of Baddeck in appreciation of the distinguished traditions of K147 Baddeck Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps and in recognition of the long and historic association with the Community and the Village of Baddeck/do by these presents confer upon you on this 28th Day of October Two Thousand and Eighteen the title, privilege, honour and distinction of/ Marching through the streets of Baddeck on all ceremonial, occasions, with drums playing, flags flying and with pride in their steps./in Witness whereof we have caused our Seal of the Village to be hereunto affixed.” Lt. Dixon and the cadets accepted the honour, pledging to “pursue the highest standard of excellence and represent our city with pride.”
K147 Baddeck Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps members (visible, front to back): Myles Maclean, Katelyn Norman, Kieran Kerr-shaw, Hailey Osborne, Jake Maceachern, Lt. (N) Laura Dixon, Cpt. Frank Sinclair, Alexander Kerr-shaw, Jordan Macdonald, Colby Macrae, Emma Macaskill (carrying unit flag).