About the overnight cadet vigil at legion
November 14, 2012
The 844 Norseman Air Cadets have been holding an all-night vigil at the cenotaph (each Remembrance Day) in Huntsville for well over 20 years. It serves as a reminder to cadets and our community the deep gratitude we feel for the sacrifices made by our veterans. The cold, snow, rain or wind is nothing compared to the harsh conditions endured by those who served to defend us.
We post two cadets for 30 minutes at a time, rotating through all cadets. All cadets will stand for at least two 30-minute shifts. The vigil begins at 2000 hours (8 p.m.) on Nov. 10 and members of the squadron are posted until the Remembrance Day service is concluded Nov. 11. Each cadet will use a drill purpose (non functional) Lee Enfield .303 Rifle, march into position, present arms and assume ‘rest on your arms reversed’ position for the duration of the shift. While standing vigil, cadets are encouraged to contemplate the meaning of Remembrance Day to them and to their community.
Cadets stay overnight at the Legion (upstairs) and we provide speakers and activities centred on remembering our veterans. The cadets all bunk down for the night. Snacks and breakfast are provided.
All members of the squadron participate. This is one of the very few mandatory events of our training year. We all believe it is that important.
We will remember them.
Captain, Commanding Officer
844 Norseman, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron
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