Remembrance Day 2020 may not look like previous years but the reading of names, the wearing of poppies, the minute of silence, the playing of the Last Post, all give meaning and expression to the gratitude and regret for lives lived and lost in the service of Canada. #CanadaRemembers #LestWeForget
A message from our Commander:
“I am incredibly proud of the small, yet meaningful gestures and actions cadets and JCRs take to show their respect for veterans and their sacrifices. You are clearly demonstrating that the next generation of Canadian leaders will not forget those who gave their lives to defend the values that define Canada.”
Commodore Kurtz, Commander CJCR
Two years ago, 2018, marked the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1. The History Channel put together the following video to remember our brave soldiers on Remembrance Day.
From Harjit Sajjan, the Minister of National Defence, and the Canadian Armed Forces, a message for teens grade 7 to 12 regarding Remembrance Day. Check out additional videos in the series, with speeches from serving Canadian Armed Forces members for all age groups. #CanadaRemembers
1 Nov 2020
Congratulations to all of the cadets who received the uniform updates for their promotions last week. If you weren’t in attendance, don’t worry. We’ve got your slip-ons, rank badges, and level badges waiting for you and will issue them as soon as we see you. When everyone has them and we have a complete set of pictures, Sgts Couroux and Abt will be working on a collage so that everyone who couldn’t be there can share in our cadets’ accomplishments.
Once again, there will be a virtual meeting on Google Meet for parents/guardians of existing and new cadets where we will outline how 809 Newark Squadron will be delivering the air cadet program this year. For new cadets and their parents/guardians, this will be a summary of the cadet program, our objectives for the training year, and a comparison of how we will be operating versus how we operate normally. For parents and guardians of existing cadets, this will be an overview of changes that have become necessary in the face of COVID-19. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. If you know of any potential new cadets who might be interested in joining us, please direct them to one of these sessions. If further dates need to be scheduled, those can be done as required.
As of Friday, 30 Oct, the Legion Poppy Campaign has begun. Until the end of Remembrance Day itself, the Poppy is a mandatory component of the air cadet uniform. When wearing tunics or shirts with pockets, the Poppy is worn centred on the flap of the left breast pocket. When wearing sweaters or t-shirts, the Poppy is worn approximately over the heart. We won’t be participating in the Poppy Campaign directly this year due to COVID-19 restrictions, but we will still be observing the season in our own fashion. If you do not already have a Poppy for your uniform, we will have them at HQ when you arrive for training.
See you on Wednesday!
4 Nov 2020
Training Night Schedule
See the Events Calendar.
CAF Member Dress
Duty Officer: 2Lt Nicolescu
Duty NCM: FSgt Lampman
This Week’s Activities
|2 Nov 2020
|Monday||Virtual Information Session for Parents and New Cadets||Google Meet)||Civilian||Capt Lemoine|
|4 Nov 2020
|Regular Training Night||Wednesday||809 HQ||C3B/C3F||2Lt Nicolescu|
|11 Nov 2020
|Remembrance Day||Wednesday||809 HQ||C1A||OCdt Couroux|
|28 Nov 2020
|Saturday||Cadet Leadership Workshop||RCL Branch 418, 294 Vine Street, St. Catharines, ON L2M 4T3 and Virtual||C5|
809 Newark RCACS
Tomorrow, the Royal Canadian Legion begins its annual Poppy Campaign. Under normal circumstances, our staff and cadets would be participating in the campaign, giving due consideration to what it means, and taking the opportunity to learn from our veterans about their experiences in times of conflict. Many of these opportunities aren’t going to be available this year due to the constraints of COVID-19 preparedness, but it is still our responsibility to take the time to think of what it all means.
Tales of war will fill our consciousness over the next few weeks, not because we give these things any kind of reverence or glory themselves, but because of the people who were and are willing to give everything for their loved ones, their communities, and their country. The Poppy and Remembrance are not about war, though war figures into the stories. They are about ensuring that the memory of war remains strong enough that we know it for the horror that it is. They are about holding everlasting respect for those who are willing to step up and do what their country calls them to do, without knowing the sacrifices that might have to be made for it. They are about knowing those sacrifices as our own, remembering the losses as our own losses, and feeling the pain that our veterans live with each day as our own pain.
Remembrance is about more than the consideration of the memories and sacrifices of others. It is about ensuring that these are always a part of who we are. It is about making them immortal.
From tomorrow until Remembrance Day on 11 November, the Poppy is to be worn on cadet and CAF uniforms, and I encourage everyone to consider its deeper significance while they wear it.
I’ll leave you with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s video production of HCol Loreena McKennitt‘s “Breaking of the Sword” to set the tone for the next weeks.
Be safe. Stay healthy. Remember.
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Due to the bus cancellations today, many schools have postponed their Remembrance Day ceremonies until tomorrow. Cadets are encouraged to wear their uniforms to school tomorrow if they are attending.
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We have a number of things going on this weekend and a bit of detail to be communicated, so ensure that you read through the following carefully:
Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign
For those of you who have volunteered to take shifts for the Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign, here are the details, thank you very much for stepping up to help our primary sponsor.
All Poppy Campaign shifts will be at Phil’s Valu-Mart in Virgil. An officer will meet the cadets 10 minutes before their shift starts to ensure that they are present, dressed properly, and have their poppy box. Poppies should be handed out to anyone who does not have one, regardless of whether they donate or not. Small children should be given a sticker rather than one with a pin.
Weather is expected to be cold, so it’s important to dress appropriately. Normally, dress is C3 for these events, but a parka, gloves and (optionally) your toque should be worn for colder weather. If you have been issued a uniform and do not have a parka, gloves, or a toque, please contact me directly either by email (email@example.com) or on the squadron phone (905-468-7584) as soon as you are able and let me know what you are missing with your rough sizes so that I can get the necessary items from supply. If you do not yet have a uniform, dress appropriately for the weather.
Parents can pick their cadets up immediately following their cadets’ shift.
Grace United Church Remembrance Service
Cadets who have volunteered to be the flag party at the Grace United Church Remembrance Service should meet a staff member at the church (222 Victoria Street) at 1015 (10:15am) in C1A dress. If you do not have a uniform, black pants (no jeans) and a white collared shirt are appropriate. Parents can pick their cadets up immediately following the service at 1200 (12:00pm).
Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades
The details of the Sunday evening and Monday events have already been posted here, but here are a few more details and clarifications.
Cadets will meet at 1900 (7:00pm) on Sunday at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 at 410 King Street for the sleepover. Bring your uniform (on a hanger) and your boots; pyjamas; a sleeping bag and pillow; toiletries; and any other essential items for a sleepover. All cadets will participate in vigil shifts at the cenotaph in the morning. Those cadets who will be attending Remembrance Day ceremonies at their schools may be excused afterwards. All other cadets can be picked up at 1500 (3:00pm) on Monday at the Legion branch.
Dress for the Sunday evening portion is casual. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine. Dress for the Monday parades is full dress uniform: C1A. The weather is anticipated to be cold, so bring your parka, gloves, and toque. As mentioned above in for the Poppy Campaign, please contact me if you have been issued a uniform but are missing a parka, gloves, or a toque. If you haven’t been issued a uniform, wear civilian clothing (no jeans) and dress warmly.
Remember that Remembrance Day is one of 809 Squadron’s most important community and citizenship observations of the year. It is important that all cadets participate.
See you there!
809 Newark RCACS
This is the kickoff for our annual Remembrance Day Vigil. On Sunday, 10 Nov 2019 at 1900 (7:00pm), cadets will meet at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ed Boldt Memorial Hall (upstairs) and begin preparations for Remembrance Day on Monday.
Bring your uniform (on a hanger) and your boots; pyjamas; a sleeping bag and pillow; toiletries; and any other essential items for a sleepover.
Dress for the Sunday evening portion is casual. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine. Dress for the Monday parades is full dress uniform: C1A. The weather is anticipated to be cold, so bring your parka, gloves, and toque.
Breakfast will be provided by the Squadron Sponsorship Committee through donations by our cadets’ families. Please accept our sincere thanks if you are contributing to our breakfast. Please see the Remembrance Day Breakfast Contributions sign-up sheet and bring the items with you when you arrive on Sunday night.
The sign-up sheet for Remembrance Day breakfast contributions can be found here: Event Sign-ups. Please remember that you need to be logged into the site to see the sign-up sheets.
Remembrance Day occurs on a weekday this year, so a letter has been provided for cadets to take to their schools to explain their absence from classes. It can be found here: Remembrance Day Letter.
Our schedule for Remembrance Day is as follows:
0600 – Reveille (First Group)
0620 – Breakfast (First Group)
0645 – Walk to Cenotaph (First Group)
0700 – Shifts begin
1000 – Last shift at the Cenotaph
1030 – Old Town parade begins
1200 – Old Town parade ends and cadets return to the Royal Canadian Legion
1230 – Cadets are provided with a snack and are transported to Queenston for the afternoon parade
1300 – Queenston parade begins
1430 – Queenston parade ends and cadets return to the Royal Canadian Legion
1500 – Cadets are ready for pickup at the Royal Canadian Legion
Shifts last for 30 mins each with five (5) cadets per shift.
Changeovers will occur at the top and bottom of each hour until the last shift takes position at 1030. This shift will remain for the duration of the Remembrance Day parade.
Thank you to all who contribute to making this event successful. The Remembrance Day parades are where we have an opportunity for cadets, staff, and volunteers to show our respect for our fallen and, through them, our community.
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Join us in supporting our local community as they commemorate Remembrance Day. Rev. Ellison has asked that we provide a flag party for the service.
Grace United Church Remembrance Service
Paper sign-up sheets will also be available on Wednesday evening.
Parents should drop their cadets off at Grace United Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake no later than 1015 (10:15am) and pick them up at the same location at 1200 (12:00pm).