Sunset Ceremony – Big part of the grad activities
Article by: WJO
The 2018 version of the Sunset Ceremony was another winner.
A large crowd was in attendance in the bleachers and seating around the Parade Square and were treated to three hours of entertainment. Turns out they were not disappointed.
Cadets showcased some of their unique skills and abilities through various performances and demonstrations put together by some of the clubs and teams at the College.
In addition, they witnessed some of the heritage and traditions of RMC and the military as cadets reenacted historical drill and battle maneuvers and performed some impressive traditional ceremonies.
The evening started off with a lively and breathtaking parachute demonstration by the Canadian Forces SkyHawks.
The already well known musical talents of the RMC Band was front and centre. Including entertaining pieces from the Brass and Reed, Pipes and Drums, the Highland Dancers and choir.
The intriguing RMC Precision Drill team were superb on the square with their superb military drill demonstration.
The RMC TKD team put on an impressive and arousing demonstration high-lighting a wide variety of teakwondo and other martial arts skills.
Members of the ALOY program had their ‘A’ game in high gear during their traditional drum performance.
The NAVAL GUN RUN AND OLD 18 were both heady and showy which captured the attention of the audience from start to finish.
The RMC Guard of Honour is comprised of cadets from the 12 squadrons within the Cadet Wing. They normally serve as the “guardians of the colors” but on this night the GoH took on an additional role as they carried the provincial flags on parade and acted as a guard for the lowering of the National flag. Pretty impressive!
A very touching few moments took place when the outgoing Colour Party, handed over their duties to the incoming Colour Party. During the ceremony, there was a gun salute known well known by those well versed with the military as a “feu de joie”. This was combined with The Ceremony of the Flags; a display originally developed by the Royal Canadian Navy out of their traditional sunset ceremony. It was introduced after the creation of the Canadian National flag in 1965 and was first performed at Expo ’67 in Montreal, Quebec during Canada’s Centennial. Never ever gets boring.
All in all, a very entertaining evening wrapped-up with an exciting fireworks display sandwiched between the Convocation and the Commissioning Parade.
Life is pretty good on the peninsula in May 2018. RMC definitely has talent!
Many more Sunset Ceremony photos on flickr here
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