Category Archives: Remembrance Day

School Remembrance Services

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.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Remembrance Activities This Weekend

Good evening.

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 (jody.lemoine@cadets.gc.ca) 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!

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades

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.

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS
Immortal!

Grace United Church Remembrance Service

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.

Dress
C1A

Sign-up Sheets
Grace United Church Remembrance Service
Paper sign-up sheets will also be available on Wednesday evening.

Details
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).

Remembrance Day Weekend

Good evening.

This morning, I had the privilege of attending Crossroads Public School’s Remembrance Day Ceremony where five of our cadets held key positions in its production. As in previous years, the students and teachers assembled a moving and heartfelt presentation honouring our fallen. Congratulations to Mme. Zoccoli, our first Community Reviewing Officer, who did an admirable job of putting it all together.

We’ll be beginning our own Remembrance Day activities tomorrow, beginning with two shifts of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Campaign at Phil’s Valu Mart. Cadets who have signed up should meet me in front of the Valu Mart in C3 dress to collect their poppy boxes 10 minutes before their shifts.

After dinner, at 1900h (7:00pm) the squadron will be meeting upstairs at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 for our annual Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades. Full details can be found here:

Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow!

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Weekly Routine Orders – Week of 4 Nov 2018

Date
4 Nov 2018

RO Number
18-28

Summary
We’re coming up on Remembrance Day and the associated activities are well underway. Thanks go out to those cadets and SSC members who have already volunteered to assist with the Poppy Campaign, the Veterans’ Dinner, and Veterans’ Sunday Luncheon.

This Wednesday is a CO’s Parade, which will give cadets the opportunity to have their uniforms at their best and to make any necessary corrections before school Remembrance Day Ceremonies and the Remembrance Day Parades next weekend. All cadets are actively encouraged to wear their uniforms to their schools on Friday, whether they are directly participating in Remembrance Day Ceremonies or not.

Saturday, we will have our annual sleepover, Remembrance Day Vigil and Parades. Full details can be found at the following link: Remembrance Day Sleepover/Vigil/Parades. This is one of the most important events of the year and all cadets are expected to participate.

Sunday morning, as we begin the vigil shifts at the Cenotaph, breakfast will be served by the Squadron Sponsorship Committee. A sign-up sheet has been posted for parents to commit to bringing food and drink to this: Remembrance Day Breakfast Contributions. We appreciate any and all contributions.

It’s a busy week, but with your help and commitment, it will be a successful and educational one.

Training Night
7 Nov 2018

CAF Member Dress
1A

Cadet Dress
C1: All Cadets

Training Night Routine

Activity Timings
Building Open, Parade Setup 1815-1830
Fall-in, Inspection, Opening Parade 1830-1845
Period One 1845-1920
Period Two 1925-2000
Break 2000-2015
Period Three 2015-2050
Clean Up Training Areas and Parade Square 2050-2100
Fall-in, Closing 2100-2115
Dismissal 2115

Duty Personnel
Duty Officer: CV Carbone

Training Night Schedule

  Period 1
1845-1915
Period 2
1925-1955
Period 3
2015-2045
Level One PO/EO M100.01a M100.01b CX20.01
Description Positive Social Relations for Youth Positive Social Relations for Youth CO’s Parade
Instructor
Level Two PO/EO M231.05a M231.05b CX20.01
Description Aviation Aviation CO’s Parade
Instructor
Level Three PO/EO M309.02a M309.02b CX20.01
Description Instructional Techniques Instructional Techniques CO’s Parade
Instructor
Level Four PO/EO C407.01a C407.01b CX20.01
Description General Cadet Knowledge General Cadet Knowledge CO’s Parade
Instructor WO2 Couroux WO2 Couroux

This Week’s Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
5 Nov 2018 1900-2100 Monday Optional Training Night
(Effective Speaking)
809 HQ (CNC) Civilian Capt Lemoine
7 Nov 2018 1830-2100 Wednesday Mandatory Training Night and CO’s Parade 809 HQ (CNC) C1 CV Carbone
9 Nov 2018 Wednesday School Remembrance Day Ceremonies   C1  
10 Nov 2018 0900-1100 Saturday Bottle Loading and Delivery Van Noort Greenhouses Civilian Mr. Zalepa
10 Nov 2018 1000-1400 Saturday Royal Canadian Legion Poppy Campaign Phil’s Valu Mart C3 TBD
10/11 Nov 2018 Saturday/Sunday Remembrance Day Sleepover/Vigil/Parades RCL Branch 124 C1 Capt Lemoine

Upcoming Activities

Date Day Activity Location Dress OIC
12 Nov 2018 1900-2100 Monday Optional Training Night
(Effective Speaking)
809 HQ (CNC) Civilian Capt Lemoine
14 Nov 2018 1830-2100 Wednesday Mandatory Training Night 809 HQ (CNC) C3 CV Carbone
23-25 Nov 2018 Friday-Sunday Autumn Field Training Exercise (FTX) Wetaskiwin Scout Camp Warm Civilian or FTU CI Couroux

J. Lemoine
Captain
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Remembrance Revisited

Over the last month, 809 Newark Squadron has had more opportunities to remember than many.

We began in early October with a long-planned trip to the UK and France to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Our own Flight Sergeant Zalepa shared his thoughts here. https://www.niagarathisweek.com/opinion-story/7807452-notl-cadet-reflects-on-amazing-opportunity-to-visit-vimy-memorial/

Upon our return, there were barely two weeks to rest before the Poppy Campaign was upon us, emphasizing all of the experiences we had while overseas. In addition, four of our cadets attended Grace United Church and served as a flag party for the annual Remembrance service there.

A week later, Remembrance Day itself came… on a Saturday. Normally, our cadets have to choose between participating in their school activities and attending our squadron’s observations at the two town cenotaphs, but not this year. School observations were well-attended and participation, particularly by our new first-year cadets, was enthusiastic. Cadet Lett had the privilege of being the speaker for her own school’s Remembrance Service. https://www.niagarathisweek.com/community-story/7914566-crossroads-keeps-the-promise-to-remember/

At the end of the school day on Friday, just after the going down of the sun, the squadron gathered to prepare for the next day’s activities. At the dawning of the sun, a cadet honour guard took its traditional place at the Old Town cenotaph, standing vigil. Each member of the squadron took their places successively, relieving the previous shift at the tops and bottoms of the hour, until the Old Town Remembrance Day parade itself. All members of the squadron save for those still standing vigil formed up for not one, but two parades (one at the Old Town and one at Queenston) to conclude the day. http://niagaranow.com/news.phtml/158/

The very next day, five of the cadets who went on the Vimy Trip participated in the Remembrance service at St. Mark’s Anglican Church, Niagara on the Lake and shared their stories as well.

This season is one of the busiest of our training year. It is a time where the commitment and respect (and exhaustion) of our squadron’s cadets shows most. I and the rest of our staff are proud, humbled and privileged to lead and serve each and every one of them.

Thanks to Niagara this Week and Niagara NOW for photo and article links.

Remembrance Day 2017

Standing vigil from the early morning hours at the Old Town cenotaph and marching in the Remembrance Day parades in both the Old Town and Queenston, the cadets of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s own 809 Newark Squadron Remember.

Thanks to all of the cadets, staff, sponsorship committee members, parents and the members of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 124 for helping us to carry on this important observation.