Greetings to all from the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Highland Cadet Corps. On Friday November 11, the Corps took a pause from normal activity and got ready to observe Remembrance Day. This was an eye opener for a number of our international students. A lot of countries around the world do not observe the occasion so this was a unique experience.
Just before Remembrance Day, Mrs. Susie DeCoste took six cadets to a service at Windsor Forks Elementary School. The cadets, dressed in Highland red, of course, had a great time as they watched students perform music, songs, and stories.
This year we sent a small contingent to Ottawa to participate in the ceremony on Parliament Hill in support of Dr. Paul Kavanaugh’s Operation Veteran. Pipe Warrant Officer Sean Hurley ‘23 played the bagpipes at a number of ceremonies in Ottawa and a select number of drummers from the drumline were on hand to accompany him. We also mounted a flag party in the Town of Hantsport. The flag party was commanded by Sergeant Simon Beaudry ‘23 and the drill was superb.
The bulk of the Corps paraded to the Town of Windsor’s cenotaph under command of the Corps’ Regimental Sergeant Major, Chief Warrant Officer Nate Montgomery ‘23. Though the focus is on Windsor for the ceremony, the locals love to see the 254 on the march, dressed to honour and recognize our Black Watch affiliation. The cadets will complain about drill in the workup training, but they seem to stand a little straighter and get their arms a little higher on the march when they wear the Highland dress. Once the parade concluded downtown, the 254 made its way back to campus where we held our own service at the School cenotaph.
We have lost a number of former students in campaigns from Crimea to the Boer War, both World Wars, Korea and one from the Vietnam War. To hear the Head of School, Mr. Joe Seagram read the honour roll, is indeed a poignant moment which gives all pause to reflect. The best part of the entire ceremony for me was watching the youngest female cadet, Willoughby Larder ’29 and the youngest male cadet, Fletcher Wellard ‘28 come forward to lay the wreath on behalf of the Corps. Willoughby gave the words of command, and they both drilled like seasoned cadets.
Before I conclude this little story, I give a big shout out to a member of the staff. Morgaine Sullivan ’09 has been working with me here in the Cadet Office for a number of years. She has put her heart and soul into ensuring these young cadets are ready to go for every event. I can see the pride in her eyes when the Corps marches on parade in full Highland dress. I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for her outstanding efforts. Well done, Morgaine!!
Remembrance Day came to an end and the students went on a much-deserved break. We will carry on with our training throughout the fall and see what new adventures we encounter. What a great time to be a cadet in the 254.
Major Keith Hynes
254 King's Edgehill School Highland Cadet Corps