Royal Roads Remembrance Day

Photo by: Shelley Langille, Military and Strategic Sector Liaison

Since 1995 The Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Club has conducted a Remembrance Day Service at Royal Roads. Royal Roads University Vice President Katharine Harold, daughter of 5836 R.G. Radcliffe, welcomed those attending.

This year over 300 gathered in the Italian Gardens and on the Castle terrace for the service which was conducted by Reverend Albert Fowler, OMM, CD. VIECC President.

14530 Andrew Bryan read the names of Royal Roads graduates Killed In Action. The VIECC wreath was placed by Honorary Club President RCNC 016 Christopher Pratt OMM, CD.

A local flying club provided a fly past on their route to the Provincial Legislative grounds Remembrance Day service. Royal Roads University hosted a reception in the Castle after the service.

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Military, leadership traditions are important at Royal Roads

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Military, leadership traditions are important at Royal Roads

Article mainly from – Goldstream News Gazette – By DON DESCOTEAU

Royal Roads University’s past and present came together yet again last week, as the school and a group of former military college cadets gathered to remember those who fell defending the freedoms of this country and others.

On Remembrance Day, the university and the Vancouver Island Ex-Cadet Association co-hosted a Remembrance Day Ceremony

Chris Pratt, a retired navy captain who was part of Royal Roads’ first naval college intake in 1942, is one of nearly 50 former cadets who have annually attended the memorial ceremony since it began in 1995. He laid a wreath as the honourary president of the Ex-Cadet Association.

“It’s nice to see that serving members of the Armed Forces gather at that ceremony in uniform,” he says.

Pratt notes that the plaque in the Italian Garden beside Hatley Castle contains the names of 12 former cadets who died in wartime; all of their names were read aloud at the ceremony.

“Since it became a civilian university, (Nov. 11 events have) been supported by the ex-cadet club,” he says. “The ex-cadets thought they would pick up on Remembrance Day and carry on that tradition.”

Wayne Strandlund, chancellor of Royal Roads University and a five-year member of its board of directors, says tradition is one of the most important elements tying the two eras of the school’s existence together.

“The culture of Royal Roads and the tradition of it … that’s all very important to the underpinnings of the establishment we have today.

“I feel strongly that the success that Royal Roads is experiencing now as a public university is very much a part of being able to stand on the shoulders of 55 years of its military college existence,” he says. “Even the physical premises really dates back to the military tradition, and anyone who walks through that campus can hardly avoid seeing its military background.”

Given that fact, he says, “If there weren’t a celebration on Remembrance Day I’d find myself very perplexed.”

Pratt likes that Royal Roads continues to focus on leadership, something that was central to the school’s days as a military college. It reflects the importance of leadership in civilian and business life,” he says. “They’ve kept that motivation alive.”

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