Cadets partake in Decoration Day to honour veterans

By Tyler Marr
June 11, 2018 - 12:00pm Updated: June 12, 2018 - 10:08am

Nicholas Bird marched in lockstep with a couple dozen fellow cadets, first responders and veterans in the basement of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 2.

He stood still as prayers were recited, songs song and wreaths were laid as part of Decoration Day ceremonies Sunday. The tradition began on June 2, 1890, but has since been eclipsed by Remembrance Day. It is an exercise in paying respect and honour to veterans of Canada’s military.

After the ceremony, Bird and a handful of his colleagues made their way to the Memorial Gardens where dozens of Canadian flags scattered about the lawn after being placed alongside the graves of veterans.

“It’s meaningful to come out here and actually put the time and effort into placing down flags,” the Warrant Officer Second Class said. “It is the small stuff that really matters. Even placing a flag on someone you may not even know could mean so much for the family. It is very sentimental.”

He said veterans were selfless individuals involved in a difficult situation and found it critically important young people, especially young cadets, took the time to remember the sacrifice made for the freedoms we have today.

 

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