Local Air Cadets celebrate 70 years

The 147 Airwolf Air Cadet Squadron celebrated its 70th Anniversary in Chilliwack.

The 147 Airwolf Air Cadet Squadron, with the support of Navy League of Canada Chilliwack Branch 349, celebrated its 70th Anniversary with a flag raising ceremony at the Princess Armouries on Oct. 12.

Proud cadets paraded as honoured guests, Mayor Sharon Gaetz and MLA Barry Penner spoke of their confidence in the future of Chilliwack’s youth.

Parent Society vice-chair Jane Ullyot, thanked the Legion and Air Force League for their continuing support.  A special thank you was given to Fire Chief Rick Ryall for the help of a ladder truck and six firemen to fix the pulleys and the halyards.

With the cadet band playing O Canada, the crowd was treated to the raising of the flags.

The Canada, British Columbia and Air Cadet flag all now fly proudly over the 98-year-old Princess Armouries.  The Air Cadets have been outside local businesses for their major fundraiser, TAG Days.  The monies collected go towards flying and gliding experiences and cadet programs including drill team; first aid team; biathlon team; effective speaking; sports nights and more.

The cadets are involved in the community including taking part in Chilliwack Pitch In; veteran marker cleaning and Ident-A-Kid. They will be assisting the local Legion with Poppy Sales, taking part in the Remembrance Day celebrations and marching in the Christmas Parade.

The squadron will be hosting an Open House and AGM on October 25 at 6:30pm at the Princess Armouries, 45707 Princess Ave, and invite the community join them.

Air Cadets are open to all youth, aged 12-18yrs.  They parade on Tuesday nights from 6-9pm and new recruits are always welcome.

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