The Annual Cadet Church Parade Bugle Sergeant Sean Daniels '96

This event is the first formal occasion each spring for the Cadet Corps to parade together as a Battalion.

At the 100th Anniversary celebrations for the Cadet Corps in 2005, the Mayor of Aurora granted the Cadet Corps the Freedom of the Town, allowing us to parade through the streets with flags flying and swords drawn.

In April each year, the Cadet Corps will exercise this Freedom with a Church Parade. We will be holding our Annual Church Parade in Aurora at Our Lady of Grace Church, parading from the College through the streets up to the Church for our own private ceremony. Following the service, Mayor Phyllis Morris will re-affirm our Freedom of the Town and we will march back to the College with drums beating, flags flying and swords drawn in celebration.

Annual Church Parade 2009

On Sunday April 26th, the 142 St. Andrew’s College Highland Cadet Corps came together to parade through the streets of Aurora to Our Lady of Grace church for the 104th annual Cadet Church Parade. In attendance this year was Town Council member Evelina MacEachern, Member of Parliament Ms .Lois Brown and our Guest of Honour, old boy and fomer Cadet Deputy Commanding Officer, Mr. Andrew Martin, class of ’02.

In Mr. Martin’s address to the Corps, he emphasized that teamwork and confidence are the two most important lessons learned as a Cadet. Teamwork is about relying on each other to accomplish a task or goal. “In corps-wide events, everyone single one of you is depending on each other to get it right. The entire corps operates as a team.” Being a Cadet in 142 also gives you confidence and the belief that you can achieve big things. “This teamwork and confidence are what you will ultimately take with you when you leave the Cadet Corps.”

Council member, Evelina MacEachern, reaffirmed the Freedom of the Town to cLCol Phil Whitfield and the Corps unsheathed the flags and drew swords for the march back home to St. Andrew’s College. MP Lois Brown and Mr. Martin received the salute at the reviewing platform and once again a successful parade drew to a close.