On April 10, 2016 more than 300 Army cadets from across Northern Alberta gathered together at C.F.B Edmonton’s Lecture Training Facility for the 99th anniversary parade of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
There were cadets that came from High Level, AB an estimated 740 km away NW of Edmonton and 16 other Corps to make up what some cadets will experience as their largest parade ever. With the exception of the Corps from the furthest away most arrived early Sunday morning and began practicing the format for the parade.
The formal parade began at two pm with the arrival of Her Honor Lois Mitchell CM AOE, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta, Army Cadet League of Canada President Bill Fletcher, 3rd Canadian Division Commander Brigadier-General W.D. Eyre, and Honorary Colonel J’lyn Nye from 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron.
There was a guard of Regular Force members to greet the Lieutenant Governor as well as two soldiers dressed in World War I uniforms sitting on their horses at the door. The music was provided by the Royal Canadian Artillery Band on parade with the cadets.
The Lieutenant Governor spoke with many cadets while inspecting, much to their delight. She gave a moving speech about her experiences. She had recently travelled to France to visit Vimy for the first time. She enthusiastically encouraged the cadets to make the trip and not wait until they are her age to do it.
The parade wrapped up with everyone having a chance to speak to the dignitaries, look over the static vehicle displays and take many pictures.
The local media outlets were present. They interviewed C/MCpl Pavia on his experience in cadets and what this parade meant to him.
Planning has already begun for the 100th Anniversary and everyone is looking forward to this milestone parade.
Submitted by: Robynn Pavia, Public Relations Army Cadet League of Canada – Alberta Branch.