Major Judy Peter

Major Judy Peter

Cadets welcome public to final parade

A summer of hard work and commitment will end in a poignant march by cadets.

A summer of hard work and commitment will end in a poignant march by cadets.

The final parade and Sunset Ceremony takes place at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Thursday.

“People are encouraged to come out and watch the parade,” said Petty Officer Mark Farrell, with the military police at the camp.

“The Sunset parade for Vernon is the closing out of summer.”

The event, which takes place at the Dieppe parade square, is an opportunity to pay tribute to Canada’s veterans and war dead.

“The cadets respect the citizens of Vernon and it’s also an honour for the city too,” said Farrell.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with a demonstration of precision rifle drill and music.

The cadets will march on to the parade square at 6:35 p.m. and the reviewing officer will arrive at 7 p.m.

There is parking in the lot to the west of Highway 97 and residents can walk through the tunnel to the reception centre before entering the main camp.

No parking will be permitted along Highway 97.

Motorists driving past the camp at the time of the parade are asked to show some decorum.

“If people get a thrill out of honking their horn or making lewd comments, I hope they would recognize it as a military parade,” said Gord Molendyk, Vernon RCMP detachment spokesperson.

Cadets on parade Thursday will have finished either three or six-week courses, including basic leadership, basic fitness and sports, basic expedition,  basic marksman, music, drill and ceremonial, expedition and air Rifle marksmanship.

Cadets enrolled in the final intake of the two-week general training course will have their final parade at Sicily Square at 8:30 a.m. Friday.

There have been 1,100 cadets from across Canada go through the camp this summer.