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PHOTOS: Chilliwack cadets honour fallen soldiers at evening candlelight vigil

Cadet-led event happened because of COVID, took place night before Remembrance Day

A group of Chilliwack cadets honoured Canada’s fallen soldiers during a candlelight vigil the night before Remembrance Day.

About 50 Chilliwack Army Cadets from 1725 Royal Canadian Engineer Cadet Corps gathered at All Sappers’ Memorial Park in Vedder Crossing for the event on Wednesday, Nov. 10.

Since the traditional Remembrance Day ceremony at the south side cenotaph is limited to five cadets this year due to COVID, the army cadets decided to have an evening candlelight vigil instead so they could participate in an act of remembrance, commanding officer Capt. Rob Schell said.

It was also a dress rehearsal for the handful of cadets who will be taking part in the Nov. 11 ceremony at All Sappers’ Memorial Park.

At the beginning of the candlelight event, four cenotaph guards with rifles marched into place as part of the cenotaph vigil. Then the group of about 45 young cadets marched around the cenotaph with LED candles forming a ring around the cenotaph. There were poem readings, a prayer, singing and two minutes of silence.

At the end, cadet Chief Warrant Officer Nelson Gidney who was recently distinguished as a top army cadet in B.C. laid a wreath on behalf of the Army Cadet League of Canada, B.C. Branch.

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Jenna Hauck

About the Author: Jenna Hauck

I started my career at The Chilliwack Progress in 2000 as a photojournalist.
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