It might be hard to believe, but another month has come and gone and we're once again gearing up for our regular Commanding Officer's (CO's) Parade, which occurs on the first Thursday of each month. As per usual, we've got a lot going on, so here's the breakdown for the night! Read carefully, because it's important!
First things first - dress. Because it's CO's Parade, cadets are to be in C-2 (Full Dress). This means dress shirts, ties, tunics, etc. Cadets are reminded to have all of their badges sewn on properly, and that all other uniform standards should be adhered to as well - especially hair cuts! Also, please wear a poppy!
CO's Parade in November also coincides with the City of St. Albert's proclamation of Cadet Week. This means that instead of meeting at the Community Hall, cadets are asked to meet at City Hall (same time, you should arrive by 6:30 PM) where will all form up and Mayor Cathy Heron will proclaim the week of November 3-9 as Cadet Week.
From City Hall, all cadets will then march back to the Community Hall, where before proceeding inside we will stop and raise the cadet flag outside the Community Hall, which the Community League has agreed to fly for the duration of Cadet Week. We will then proceed inside to begin our normal parade.
Once attendance has been taken and the parade has fallen in, we will begin the night by officially swearing all of the new recruits from this year into the squadron - did you know there are almost thirty of you?! Once you've been sworn in, you will be assigned to your new flights - no more standing off to the side in Tutor Flight! The Commanding Officer will then proceed to do an inspection and we'll complete our first march past of the year as a full squadron. First year cadets - don't worry about the march past - you learn by doing! This will be your first real foray into partaking in a real parade. It'll be a little weird, but don't worry - your newfound flight members will help you through it.
After all of the excitement of our first march past is complete, it will be time for some presentations! Another exciting part about CO's Parade in November is what we call our Coin Parade. Every year there are members of the squadron who are rewarded with a squadron coin. You'll hear a lot more about it on parade, but if you want to find out more beforehand, feel free to check out some info here. We will also be announcing October's Cadet of the Month, plus we are also hoping to have all of your results from the Cadet Fitness Assessment tabulated so we are able to present cadets with their badges. It's a full night!
Following the presentations, we'll take a short break before continuing on with some flight activities for the rest of the evening.
As always, parents and guests are strongly encouraged to come out for all parts of the CO's Parade. Watch the parade and presentations, take pictures of your cadets, and be proud of the work they have done so far this year. As parents, you're part of our squadron too!
Hope to see you all on November 2nd!