254 King’s-Edgehill School Highland Cadet Corps Reflection
It has been a beautiful autumn at King’s-Edgehill School in my first year as the new Commanding Officer of the 254 King’s-Edgehill School Highland Cadet Corps. On October 25 a Change of Command parade took place on the Tanna Turf. We honored our much beloved outgoing Commanding Officer, Major Keith Hynes, who retired after eight outstanding years as Corps CO.
The cadet program has been full of fun, adventure, and challenges over the past few months. Our cadets have had the opportunity to participate in ziplining and rope courses at OnTree Fun and Adventure Park, Irishman’s Trail for trekking, canoeing at Falls Lake, marksmanship at the range, and mountain biking. We have had a number of Honour Guards serve this fall and had our Highland cadets participated in Remembrance Day services at Hantsport School, Windsor Forks, and even in Ottawa our nation’s capital.
The 254 had a significant role in the downtown Windsor Remembrance Day service with our Corps Regimental Sergeant Major, CWO Elizabeth Hardy ‘24, commanding the parade of over 350 cadets. Our school choir sang Shores of Normandy and WO Sophia Ning ‘25 offered us a beautiful rendition of Brothers in Arms leading to a never-heard-of-before applause from the spectators.
This was followed by a smaller service at our own cenotaph led by Master of Ceremonies, MWO Tanvi Manchineni ‘24. Our Drill Sergeant Major, MWO Fox Sullivan ‘24 commanded both sentry vigils at the downtown cenotaph and then our cenotaph. Our youngest male and female cadets, Ewan Shaw ‘30 and Harper MacInnis‘30 laid the wreath at a sombre ceremony at our cenotaph as we honored those who had made the ultimate sacrifice in past wars.
You have much to be proud of with the high caliber of training and dedication from the civilian instructors and Warrant Officers who lead the 254.