Richard Girard

Legion Week gets started with parade and awards

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

Legion Week began in Amherstburg last Saturday morning with the annual parade with some awards and medals following.

The parade took place Saturday and left from in behind General Amherst High School and went down to the Cenotaph where a “drum head” service took place. It was explained by Zone Sgt. At Arms Richard Girard that in times of conflict, pipe bands that were utilized often piled their drums so that ministers could use them for altars when needed.

That was re-enacted Saturday morning with the aid of the Sun Parlour Pipes and Drums with Rev. Maynard Hurst blessing the drum head. Hurst also recognized the veterans and those who served, as well as Rev. John Burkhart.

Burkhart, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157’s regular chaplain, couldn’t attend Saturday’s service due to his health.

As part of the Legion Week parade, a drum head ceremony was held Saturday at the Cenotaph.

Legion Br. 157 recognized the people who saw it move to its current location, as president Laurie Cavanaugh pointed out Legion members talked about making things easier for the Ladies Auxiliary. The Ladies Auxiliary previously had to go up flights of stairs with food after preparing meals at home but the Legion was able to address that need in 1981 and the current design of the Legion was created.

Cavanaugh added the Legion has always been thankful of its volunteers, and that continued today.

“It’s about the volunteers,” she said. “We are thankful to our volunteers. Thank you to everyone who comes and helps out at the Legion and to everyone who showed up (for Saturday’s Legion Week ceremonies).”

Mayor Aldo DiCarlo said there are those in the public who only realize what the Legion does on Remembrance Day but pointed out the Legion does good things for people in the community every other day of the year as well. He encouraged other people in the community to join the Legion.

“If you are not a member, please become one,” he said.

Charles Goodchild was recognized for his 60 years as part of the Legion. Patti Hayes, executive assistant to Essex MPP Taras Natyshak, presents him with a certificate.

DiCarlo thanked the Legion and those who fought for Canada for what they have done for the town and country.

“We will be forever in your debt,” he said.

Among the associate members recognized for ten years of service were Judith Bondy, Jacqueline Carroll, Sheila Meunier, Brian Sukarukoff and Amber Turner.

Warde Yorke and Richard Girard salute during the Sept. 16 Legion Week ceremony at the Cenotaph.

Those reaching the 15-year mark as an associate member are Tracy Beaudoin, Ronald Haystead, Alvin Jackson, Marguerite Jones, Virginia Moore, James Repaye and John Purdie. Recognized for 20 years are Tim DeHetre, Ed Delisle, Gerald Langlois, Linda McCourt, M.J. McLean, J.R. Murray and Pete Reid.

Those reaching the 25-year milestone as an associate member are Brian Barrett, Ronald Belward, Jennifer Brunett, Margaret Cote, John Richard Crozier, John Gorgerat and David Iler. Hitting the 30-year milestone are Bea Gibb, Janet Martlin, Peter McEwen and JoAnn Mooney.

Recognized for 35 years as an associate member are Marion DeCarlo and Randy Fox while 40 year pins went to Val DiPierdomenico, Kathryn Lancop, Charles Sanford and Robert Vance.

Linda McCort (left) and Pat Amlin (right) present Richard Girard and Charles Goodchild with watches in recognition of their Korean War service.

Awards to affiliate voting members went to Peter Thyrring (10 years) and Albert Beneteau, Carol Cormier, Michael Duby, Carl Gibb, William McLean, D. Ross and Michael Sullivan (20 years).

Pins for ordinary members went to Bryan Giles and Frederick Wilkinson for their 10 years of service, Fifteen-year pins went to Cornelis Heeren, Leo Lapage, Terrance Sawchuk and Jeff Turner, while Bart DiPasquale, Nick Hertlein, Reg Major, Marcel Pare and John Walsh will receive 20-year pins. Chris Bebbington will be recognized for 25 years as an ordinary member while Gary Rung will be honoured for 30 years. Recognized for 35 years will be Lori Parent and Richard St. Aubin while W.C. Briand and M.R. Hagarty will be recognized for 45 years.

Linda McCort (left) presents Pat Waugh with a pin for her 55 years of service to the Ladies Auxiliary.

Charles Goodchild was on hand to receive his 60 year pin, with Nadine Abiraad and Patti Hayes making presentations to him on behalf of Essex MP Tracey Ramsey and Essex MPP Taras Natyshak respectively.

Goodchild and Girard were also presented with watches as part of the Royal Canadian Legion’s recognition of Korean War veterans.

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 colour guard also received Legion Volunteer Service Medals.

The Ladies Auxiliary honoured Pat Waugh for her 55 years of service while Vera Botting was recognized for her 25 years of service. Kris Martin, Mary Ann Hasson, Bea Gibb and Ruth Ann Rocheleau were honoured for their 20 years of service to the L.A., while Dianne Breault, Debbie Sullivan and Jeannine Theriault were honoured for 15 years of service.

Melissa Pelletier, Linda McCort and Pat Sheardown were recognized for ten years of service while Mary Ann Brooker was honoured for five years of service.

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets recognized in 40th annual review

 

 

By Jolene Perron
Before the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets are sent off to summer camp, they were reviewed and recognized for their training June 14.

“The presentation today is the accumulation of the entire year of work that the cadets have put together,” explained Captain Commanding Officer of the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor regiment Army Cadet Core, Jeff Turner. “All their training and everything comes down to one night where they get to showcase their talents to their parents, their families, their friends, their commanding officer, their staff, their volunteer people, basically the community in general.”
CO.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a group of cadets from two different cores, sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments, are touring around the county to play for other cores.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a group of cadets from two different corps, sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments, are touring around the county to play for other corps.

Turner explained in addition to the cadets being able to showcase their talents, a handful of them are also recognized for going above and beyond. He said all of the cadets are good, however some of them take an extra step to do a little bit more and deserve to be recognized for their efforts.
The Cadets who won awards are as follows:

Best First Year Cadet
Cdt. Garant

Deputy Commanding Officer’s Award, Best Second Year Cadet
Cpl. Bisson

 

Best Junior NCO Award
M. Cpl. Howard

Major John Brown, Most Improved Cadet Award
Cpl. Matlock

Pat Thrasher Memorial Award
MWO Bezaire

Best Attendance
MWO. Bezaire

Top Marksman
M. Cpl. Stratichuk

Community Service Award
Mcpl. Howard

Roy Northrup, Best Senior NCO Award
WO Ashton

Commanding Officer’s Award
CWO Holborn

Best Overall Cadet
WO Ashton

 

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their annual review June 14 in the gym of Amherstburg Public School, in front of an audience of family and friends, as well as their commanding officers and corps personnel.

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets had their annual review June 14 in the gym of Amherstburg Public School, in front of an audience of family and friends, as well as their commanding officers and corps personnel.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th celebration this year, a band was on site to march with the cadets, as well as showcase some of their skills as well.

“The band was a new one tonight and that’s really cool, it’s a group of cadets from two different corps, the cores are sponsored by the Essex and Kent regiments,” said Turner. “I was talking to one of the other commanding officers a couple of months back, and he said ‘we have a band, you want them to come out?’ and I said that would be awesome. It was absolutely fantastic and it adds to the night.”

Captain Richard Girard CD Ret. was also present at the reviewing June 14. He served a total of 17 years in the force, and was one of the original officers to begin the cadet corps. Turner explained they invite commanding officers back every year to see the current CO. is doing the right job and ensuring the corps is in good hands. He said “they put all the time in years ago, this is their legacy.”

For more information about the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadets, contact the regiment at 519-736-4900.

202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps changes command

 

By Jonathan Martin

A local army cadet has been handed a pace stick.

Chief Warrant Officer Grant Holborn was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) during a ceremony held at Amherstburg Public School last Wednesday evening.

For the past two years, the RSM’s duties were performed by Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Wharram. Before a uniformed corps standing in careful formation and an audience of parents, siblings and officers, the plain-clothed Wharram presented the pace stick – a symbol of the rank’s honours and responsibilities – to his successor.

“I remember when I was first a green star (a new recruit),” said Wharram. “I was looking up going, ‘Man, I wish I could be one of those guys.’ And then three or four years later there I was holding the RSM stick.”

Wharram said he feels like his time with the cadets has passed, though he still wants to return for a visit every so often. He plans to dedicate himself fully to his studies. Next year, he hopes to join the convergence journalism program at St. Clair College. He said he is confident that he is leaving his corps in capable hands.

“I wanted to give this away to someone who really deserved it,” he said. “Holborn has worked hard and has proven himself. I know he’s ready.”

Holborn had no qualms about his own readiness to step into his new duties.

“I’ve had two years of preparation for it as CSM (Company Sergeant Major),” said Holborn. “I feel like I’ve worked my way up to it. I’m ready to carry on with the responsibilities it has.”

Chief Warrant Officer Grant Holborn (left) smiles after taking over the duties of Regimental Sergeant Major from Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Wharram (centre) under the guidance of Captain Jeff Turner (right) at Amherstburg Public School last Wednesday night. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Chief Warrant Officer Grant Holborn (left) smiles after taking over the duties of Regimental Sergeant Major from Chief Warrant Officer Aaron Wharram (centre) under the guidance of Captain Jeff Turner (right) at Amherstburg Public School last Wednesday night. (RTT Photo by Jonathan Martin)

Captain Jeff Turner, the corps’ commanding officer, said Holborn’s readiness to jump into his new role is not happenstance. He said a prospective RSM is chosen early-on. The corps’ “best cadet” is usually “groomed” for the position over the course of years.

“(Holborn) is 18 now, so he’ll hold the RSM position until he ages out,” said Turner. “Then there will be another ceremony like there was tonight and hopefully another cadet will step up to the plate.”

“(Holborn) is a very smart young chap,” said Captain Richard Girard, one of the first commanding officers of the Amherstburg corps. “He’s going to do great things. It always surprises me what these kids can, but don’t believe they can do.”

Girard has been involved with the corps since its rebirth in September 1977, following a disbanding in 1968 or 1969 according to documents kept in the Marsh Collection.

Today, Girard stays active with the cadets by presenting promotions like those awarded to Alexa Bisson and Kameron Matlock. Both cadets were recognized in Wednesday’s ceremony.

“I love being part of the cadets,” Girard said. “It feels great seeing these young people achieving the things they’ve worked so hard for.”