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Fernie Cadets celebrate 50th Annual Cadet Review

From left: Zachary Watson received Most Improved Cadet Award from Capt. James M.P. Cressal - K. Dingman
From left: Zachary Watson received Most Improved Cadet Award from Capt. James M.P. Cressal
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The Royal Canadian Army Cadets proudly marched across the Fernie Memorial Arena’s floor on Saturday to celebrate the 50th annual cadet review.


“Today marks the culmination of service to your community, 50 years of leadership and good citizenship, 50 years of young men and women like yourselves aspiring to better themselves mentally, physically, spiritually and morally as your honour code so admirably states,” reviewing officer, Capt. James M.P. Cressal said during the post-awards speech.


Several cadets were honoured with prestigious awards, including the award for the most improved cadet, given to Zachary Watson.

RCMP Sgt. Will Thien and Mayor Mary Giuliano were among the representatives in attendance commemorating the cadets success and skills development — skills that didn’t go unnoticed.

The cadets had a range rifle drill demonstration where BB guns and bicycles were used to depict a battlefield scene.


This year’s cadet review coincided with the 100th anniversary of the First World War and the 100th anniversary of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI).


“As Royal Canadian Army Cadets and an affiliated core of the PPCLI, that history is your history,” Capt. Cressal said.


Although he acknowledges that many cadets will not join the Canadian Forces, he still recognizes the value this program has in shaping the futures of the young men and women involved.


“You have been given the tools to set you up for success in whatever you should choose to do in life,” Capt. Cressal said.


“We take our pride not from being the first boots on the ground (the first men signing up for service), but for always being ready for the next task and approaching it with a can do attitude.”

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