CADET CORNER: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM
By Captain Nathan James, Public Affairs Officer, Chief Reserves and Cadets
From November 2015 (Volume 22 Issue 10)
You see them every year about this time. As the leaves begin to change and a cool nip is in the air, veterans flanked by Canada’s sea, army and air cadets are out and about, remembering the sacrifices of all Canadians who have served.
And for good reason too. Every year, tens of thousands of cadets participate in numerous commemorative events across Canada and around the world, including November 11 Remembrance Day services. Indeed, cadets are an important part of the annual Veterans’ Week activities, whether it’s taking part in parades and ceremonies held at local cenotaphs across the country, participating in veterans’ speaking engagements or selling poppies in the days and weeks leading up to Remembrance Day. Of course this isn’t simply by chance. The Cadet Program is guided by the best of Canadian military values and ethics. These values include respecting the dignity of all people, serving Canada before self, and obeying and supporting lawful authority. Cadets also gain a better appreciation for the specific values of duty, loyalty, integrity, stewardship and excellence, all of which are highlighted when honouring our treasured veterans.
And so, every year for Remembrance Day, the Royal Canadian Legion hosts three outstanding cadets from across the country to come to Ottawa and participate in the national Remembrance Day activities.
This year, the deserving Royal Canadian Sea Cadet is former Cadet Chief Petty Officer First Class (CPO 1) Jamie Robinson (above), a recent graduate of the Sea Cadet Program. Robinson was a cadet in Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 339 IROQUOIS, located in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
In addition to being the Royal Canadian Legion Sea Cadet of the Year, CPO 1 Robinson was also selected as the Sea Cadet Musician of the Year by the Navy League of Canada. “CPO 1 Robinson has spent the last five years in Cadets honing his leadership and musical skills in order to become one of the best cadets in the country,” says David Yates, National President of the Navy League of Canada. “To have this young man representing all sea cadets from across the country at the national remembrance events is a singular honour, and I believe that he is an amazing reflection of the great Canadians that are created in the Cadet Program.”
Although his time with Cadets has recently come to a close, CPO 1 Robinson has decided to continue to give back to his country by joining the Canadian Armed Forces and has been given special permission to attend the national Remembrance Day parade while transitioning from training in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu to his next course at Canadian Forces Base Borden. Although one chapter in this young man’s life has now come to a close, he will indeed excel in the next while continuing his service as an outstanding young Canadian.
Representing the Royal Canadian Army Cadets is Cadet Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Lucas Emery of 242 Fredericton Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He has been named Canada’s most outstanding Army Cadet and is the recipient of the 2015 General Walsh Memorial Sword.
Based on the various recommendation letters received from community leaders, his commanding officer, teachers and from his peers, MWO Emery has always proven himself to be a strongly motivated student, member of his cadet corps and citizen of his community, making him a strong candidate for this honour.
“During the last three years as the Commanding Officer of the 242 RCACC, I have had the privilege of watching Cadet Lucas Emery develop into one of the most mature and well-rounded young men that I have ever met through the program,” writes Captain Deborah Coss, MWO Emery’s commanding officer. “Cadet Emery has always demonstrated strong leadership skills amongst his peers and to his subordinates. He is always looking to improve the overall dress, drill, deportment and esprit de corps of the unit.”
And within his community, the village of New Maryland, Mayor Judy Wilson-Shee only had praise for the young man after she witnessed his dedication during their recent Canada Day events. “Lucas proved to be a valuable asset to our team by offering to volunteer. I was very impressed with his work ethic. It was my pleasure, and that of the volunteer committee, to have had the opportunity to work with Lucas,” she stated in her letter of recommendation.
Cadet Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Harrison Latham, from 510 Lions Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, will represent the Air Cadets having been named the 2015 Royal Canadian Legion Air Cadet of the Year.
WO2 Latham has demonstrated a high level of leadership within his unit and in the community as well. He is known as a very hard working young man and has been involved with many activities through the Air Cadet Program such as the Drill and Ceremonial Instructors Course, biathlon, marksmanship, and glider and power pilot scholarship programs. WO2 Latham plans to enrol in the Canadian Armed Forces and pursue a degree in physics or space science at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.
All three deserving cadets will be members of the vice-regal party for Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa, and will also assist with the laying of wreaths at the National War Memorial. A fitting tribute to those who have served our country and the height of remembrance in the lives of three of Canada’s finest youth.
~ with contributions from Andrew Warden, Communications Officer, Navy League of Canada, Maxime Corneau, Communications Officer, Army Cadet League of Canada, and Sitraka Raoelimanohisoa, Communications Officer, Air Cadet League of Canada