COVID-19 may have kept Richmond’s cadets at home on Remembrance Day, but it didn’t put a dampener on the importance of the occasion.
In lieu of marching on parade, the Cadets at 2381 “BCR (Irish Fusiliers)” Army Cadets instead watched the City of Richmond’s virtual ceremony together to “remember in place” and shared their thoughts of the day online.
“To me, Remembrance Day is a time to recognize the sacrifices made by the brave men and women who have served our country,” said Master Corporal Tyler Yue, a senior cadet in the Corps.
“They have given so much for the freedom, peace and protection that we all have today.”
Remembrance Day is a significant part of the cadet experience for units across the country. It is an annual opportunity for cadets to deeply reflect on and connect with the sacrifices of Canadians.
“While the move to a virtual-only Remembrance Day ceremony has been disappointing for many of us, it has presented some opportunities for us to innovate,” added Capt. Jeff Ng, the unit’s commanding officer.
“We’ve been finding new ways to engage our cadets through virtual platforms. And while it feels like we’ve missed out on a significant day to provide the cadets with an in-person experience, it’s also made us think about finding more learning and reflection opportunities throughout the year.”
Participation in annual ceremonies and the Royal Canadian Legion’s poppy campaign in a normal year makes up a portion of the comprehensive citizenship development provided by the Corps.
2381 Army Cadets meets every Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. For more information visit www.2381armycadets.com.