PHOTOS: Chilliwack cadets honour fallen soldiers at evening candlelight vigil

Master Warrant Officer Jaclyn Kealy recites the poem ‘The Man We Never Knew’ during the Chilliwack Army Cadets evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Master Warrant Officer Jaclyn Kealy recites the poem ‘The Man We Never Knew’ during the Chilliwack Army Cadets evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The cenotaph guards with Chilliwack Army Cadets march into place during an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The cenotaph guards with Chilliwack Army Cadets march into place during an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Four Chilliwack Army Cadets guard the cenotaph during a candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)Four Chilliwack Army Cadets guard the cenotaph during a candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
A group of about 45 Chilliwack Army Cadets carry LED candles while marching around the cenotaph during an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)A group of about 45 Chilliwack Army Cadets carry LED candles while marching around the cenotaph during an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
About 45 Chilliwack Army Cadets march around the cenotaph during an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)About 45 Chilliwack Army Cadets march around the cenotaph during an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Chilliwack Army Cadets held an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The Chilliwack Army Cadets held an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Chilliwack Army Cadets held an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The Chilliwack Army Cadets held an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
The Chilliwack Army Cadets held an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)The Chilliwack Army Cadets held an evening candlelight vigil at the All Sappers’ Memorial Park cenotaph on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

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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