202nd Fort Malden Windsor regiment Army Cadet Corps

Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 conducts grave decoration day

 

By Jonathan Martin

 

A solemn, uniformed procession lined the pathways of Rose Hill Cemetery Sunday in honour of deceased members of the Royal Canadian Legion and returned veterans who died over the past year.

Members of the Legion, Cadet Corps., Knights of Columbus and the community at large wandered through the cemetery, looking for graves marked by service records.  When one was found, a small paper Canadian flag was planted next to the name.

Amherstburg town councillor Diane Pouget plants a flag on a veteran’s grave with Cpt. Jeff Turner, commanding officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps.

“This is our way of paying respect to this past year’s fallen Legion members and veterans,” said Cpt. Jeff Turner, commanding officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps.

Turner said the day, termed “flag decoration day,” is about paying homage to veterans who returned home from service and then died on Canadian soil.

The parade stopped twice before spreading out over the graveyard.  Both times, bagpipes sounded and large flags were taken down from the cemetery’s flagpoles.  Legion members solemnly folded the old, faded flags and then replaced them with new ones.

“That’s something we started a couple years ago,” Turner said.  “We noticed the cemetery’s flags were in disrepair, so we started replacing them every year.”

This year, though, there was a hitch in the ceremony.  He ropes and grommets from the flagpoles are twisted and worn.  Getting the flags back up was difficult.  Councillor Diane Pouget attended the event and shook her head at the state of the flagpoles.

The 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corps., Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 and the Amherstburg Knights of Columbus march down the paths of Rose Hill Cemetery June 3. The groups planted flags on veterans’ graves as a show of thanks for their service.

“I’m going to go back to the town and explain to them that they need some work done here,” she said.  “The Legion is very, very important to the Town of Amherstburg. I’m sure they’ll be willing to participate in this project.”

Pouget thanked the veterans and active service members in the crowd for their service and planted a flag of her own on a few of the cemetery’s gravestones and markers.

“We are very, very grateful for everything you have done and continue to do in the service of our community,” Pouget said, addressing the crowd.  “It is important that we honour those men and women who left our town knowing full-well they might not return. Today is about that.”

 

 

Cadets hold annual mess dinner with addition of friends, family, members of parliament

 

 

By Jolene Perron

 

With more than 120 guests in attendance, including Essex MP Tracey Ramsey and MPP Taras Natyshak, the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor regiment Army Cadet Corps held their annual mess dinner, which also wrapped up their annual canned good drive.

“It’s actually a training night for cadets,” explained captain commanding officer, Jeff Turner. “It gives them the opportunity to see what a mess dinner is all about, how to behave, how to eat, how they have to march in, what they have to do with toasts, how to say grace and just basically how to socialize during a military mess dinner.”

Turner explained, previously the dinner was strictly for cadets, staff and selected guests such as past commanding officers. This year however, they allowed cadets to invite parents and a guest of their own choices.

The dinner was what Turner called a “traditional roast beef dinner,” cooked by the Legion and paid for by the support committee to ensure there was no cost to the cadets or the guests.

The 202nd Fort Malden Windsor regiment Army Cadet Corps held their annual mess dinner Dec. 20, with MP Tracey Ramsey and MPP Taras Natyshak in attendance. The evening also wrapped up their canned goods drive, which were donated to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

During the dinner, cadets were also presented with a number of awards, one of them being from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 157 pertaining to what the cadets and staff did during the poppy campaign and Remembrance Day activities. Another award was a certificate of recognition on behalf of Ramsey’s office.

“It’s a recognition of the work they have been doing throughout the year and what they have been achieving as they have been ranking up and everything that they are working on,” said Ramsey. “It’s just a small token for them to have to show the appreciation from the federal government for what they are doing for our country. It’s something that we do at the federal and provincial level just to thank people in the community for the work that they do and I just thought it would be nice for the cadets to have that tonight.”

For fun, the cadets also participated in a gift exchange. The evening also saw the end of their canned good collection, which was donated to the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission.

“It’s important for us to be here to honor them and to thank the leadership and thank the families and parents,” explained Natyshak. “The program instills such wonderful values, duty and responsibility, and respect and service. Any youth who has those values at their core by any standards is doing great so we want to thank them and congratulate them and celebrate the holidays as well.”