Residents will be treated to an evening of military pomp and circumstance on Thursday.
Marching to the music of combined bands, more than 600 youth will bring the 64th season to an end at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.
“Relatives, friends, and visitors are invited to watch the pomp and ceremony of the final parade and sunset ceremony, which begins at 6 p.m. with a demonstration of precision rifle drill by cadets in the drill and ceremonial course,” said Wayne Emde, community public relations officer.
“Following the drill demonstration, the centre’s School of Music cadets will play a series of selections. Parade markers will be called at 6:30 p.m. and the cadets will march on to the parade square at 6:35 p.m. The reviewing officer will arrive at 7 p.m.”
Reviewing the final parade will be Col. David Anderson, brigade commander for 1 Brigade Group Land Forces Western Area.
Included in the event’s activities will be an inspection of the cadets on parade, the march past, the presentation of awards and an address to the cadets by Anderson.
Assisting him in the inspection will be three officers who have earned lifetime achievement awards from the cadet instructor cadre. They are Lt.-Col. Terry Kopan, Capt. John Hunger and Major Reg Tweten.
The cadets on parade Thursday will have finished either three or six-week courses.
Cadets enrolled in the final intake of the two-week general training course will have their final parade at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Guests are reminded that parking is available in the lot to the west of Highway 97 and that there is no access to the main camp on the east side of the highway.