March to the Arch

Sunday Inter-faith Service

By 25892 OCdt (III) Meghan Thompson

LCol Wigg, the College Padres and CPO Lindsay

Sunday morning there was an inter-faith service at Currie Hall which was well-attended by Cadets and Ex-Cadets.

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March to the Arch

By 25892 OCdt (III) Meghan Thompson

Although the sun didn’t shine on the parade this morning, the square was still aglow—the pre-parade excitement was an almost tangible presence in the air. In the minutes preceding the march to the Arch, each class on parade formed up as squadrons, and not even the rain could dampen the high spirits of those in attendance. After mustering on the parade square, the Ex-Cadets made their way through the corridor of First Year Cadets to the memorial service held at the Memorial Arch, and there halted for the duration of the ceremony. With hymns, prayers, wreath-laying, and a reading of all the names of those that have been crossed off the roster since last year, the memorial service provided a solemn opportunity for reflection and remembrance.

Upon the ceremony’s conclusion, the Ex-Cadets marched smartly through the arch and returned to the parade square, where they were met by the Cadet Wing. Forming up facing the Wing, the Ex-Cadets and present cadets of the Royal Military College witnessed the presentation of the Capt Nichola Goddard Sword by Judge Matheson to 25440 OCdt (IV) Landon Lavictoire, and the Capt Matthew Dawe Sword by the Dawe family to 25434 OCdt (IV) Jean-Christophe Ouellet. Following the presentation of the two swords, the results for the Red and White games were announced, with the Ex-Cadets winning four games to the Cadet Wing’s three to take home the trophy. With cheers from both sides, it was clear that there were no, or at least very few, hard feelings left from the weekend’s good-natured competition.

With the sun gracing us with its presence just as the events drew to a close, the day warmed up just as Ex-Cadets and present cadets from the wing were given a change to mingle on the parade square. Exchanging tales of RMC, good and bad, and learning from each other the ways in which the college has changed over the years, many of the Cadet Wing and Ex-Cadets were able to see that they had more in common with each other than just having marched on the same parade today. Despite  being years apart, the spirit of the RMC community brought old and new in, as LCol (Ret) Marc Drolet put it in his address, “the fraternity” that we are all a part of.

 

 

 

 

 

More than 150 on hand for event – Whig Standard Article