Article by 28560 OCdt (III) Bennett Dickson
Photos by Corporal Brandon Liddy, RMC Public Affairs
This past Sunday (September 16), the Royal Military College of Canada concluded it’s Reunion Weekend with the annual Memorial Arch Parade. Focused on recognizing fallen ex-Cadets and to introduce members into the Old Brigade, the parade was an opportunity for ex-Cadets to mingle with each other, catch up with old friends, and connect with the current Cadets.
The parade started with a quick march past followed by a march to the ceremonial Arch. The contingent, consisting of the Old Brigade and ex-Cadets from throughout the years, marched through the RMC Campus as Cadets lined the route in a show of respect.
When they arrived at the Arch, the Old Brigade ceremonially marched through the Arch and stopped for a moment of reflection. For the next few minutes, Cadets and spectators alike took the time to recognize ex-Cadets who have passed on and reflect on their accomplishments.
The contingent then marched back to the Parade Square where they were met by a contingent of current Cadets waiting for them. Following a quick dressing, the ex-Cadets turned around to encourage the Cadets on parade.
Following three quick cheers, the parade sang the famous “Give me a beer” chant. It was a moment of comradery that connected almost 70 years of RMC tradition.
As is also tradition, the parade sees the presentation of three awards each year. The Capt Nichola Goddard Sword is presented annually to the Cadet deemed to be the best ROTP artillery Officer Cadet in Fourth Year. 22458 Capt Goddard was killed in action in Afghanistan on 7 May 2006. H7860 LGet (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire presented the Goddard Sword to 27891 OCdt Michelle Evans. The Capt Matthew Dawe Sword is presented annually by the Dawe family to the Cadet deemed to be the best ROTP combat arms Officer Cadet in Fourth Year. Capt Dawe was killed in action in Afghanistan on 4 July 2007. The Dawe Sword was presented by S150 Peter Dawe and family to 27865 OCdt Amélie Lefrancois. Finally, the trophy for the winner of the annual Red & White Sports Challenge between the Alumni and the Cadets was presented to the Alumni. (Full results of the Red & White Sports Challenge please see here.)
I had the pleasure of having a quick talk with H7860 LGen (ret’d) Roméo Dallaire. He highlighted the importance of connecting with others. Being able to mingle and connect with the people around you is important to the structure of a team and the overall dynamic of the group. Anyone can take a picture and shake a hand, but being able to communicate and understand one another is the key to true success.