Local Cadet Corp thank Legions for support

 

By Aaron Jahn

Representatives from Amherstburg Branch 157 and Harrow Branch 338 joined Cadet Corp 202 last Wednesday as a part of a small ceremony to thank the Legions for their ongoing financial support.

The Legion Members, R.C Girard and Darrell Meenks from Branch 157 and Brian Ciphery from Branch 338 joined 202 Commanding Officer Cpt. Brad Krewench in inspecting the troops and a small thank you ceremony with a group picture.  Girard was one of the founding members of the 202 corp and was thrilled with the efforts and impact the corp has made in the community over the years.

“A friend of mine and I formed the Corp with the General Amherst Corp and we formed and got the Corp going.  I became an officer of the Corp and did that for 14 years.  The Cadets do a hell of a lot for our Legion, they do our Poppy Campaign and go out and distribute Poppies,” said Girard.  “They do the colours once a month and they’re at the parades in Amherstburg, every one of them, and they do a damn fine job. It’s a good thing for the kids, it gives them a place to go off the street and they learn things.  A lot of the cadets in the corp serve in the Military.”

Girard and the other two Legions representatives visited the kids in their classrooms and Girard shared stories and anecdotes from his time in Korea as a member of the airborne regiment.

Members of the 202 Cadet Corp pose with their officers and Legion members as part of a thank you to Legion Branches 157 and 338 for their ongoing financial support of the cadets and their activities. Dignitaries are seated (from left to right): Darrell Meenks, Lt. Tracy Cooper, Cpt. Brad Krewench, Chief Warrant Officer Miranda Turner, Brian Ciphery, R.C. Girard and Jeff Turner.

Ciphery said that one of the biggest reasons they began their financial support of the corp was a need for a colour guard at Remembrance Day parades, but also because many of the kids in the corp come from the Harrow area.

“We as a branch don’t have a colour party and for Remembrance Day we like to have a colour party and the Cadets help out with different aspects of the Legion and we just figure it’s something we want to do to support the corp,” said Ciphery  “We have people from Harrow going to this corps here so we want to help out anyway we can. They help out with the poppy campaign and they help out with colour party at our meetings.  We appreciate the help they give us and we want to give back to them.”

Cpt. Krewench noted the importance of the financial support, as Cadets is a free program offered through support of the armed forces and helps kids get active, even if their families may not have a lot.

“It’s good for the kids because they get out and help with the community and they can get community services hours for school.  They get out there and learn about what’s out there instead of being tied down to a video game or something like that,” said Cpt. Krewench.   “A lot of the cadets in this corp and a lot of corps come from families that don’t have much, they struggle to provide different activities for them and it’s a free program for any kids when they come in at 12.”

Cpt. Krewench says that they get their kit (supplies) from their detachment in London, their association with the Windsor Regiment gives the kids access to quality field personnel.

“We’re attached to the Windsor Regiment and they give us support with their Sergeants and the whole bit. They come out and they help out with training every week and when we go out on weekend exercises they help out with that.  Our detachment in London is where we get our kit,” Cpt. Krewench says.   “It’s good for the kids because they get out and help with the community and they can get community services hours for school.  They get out there and learn about what’s out there instead of being tied down to a video game or something like that.”

 

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