The 259 Panther air cadet squadron’s award-winning military marching band will be performing at the annual ceremonial review Saturday. (Western News file photo)

77th ceremonial review for Okanagan air cadet squadron

The Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron 259 Panther ceremonial review is Saturday.

For more than three quarters of a century the 259 Panther Squadron has been helping local kids reach for the skies.

This Saturday at École Entre-Lacs the Penticton Royal Canadian Air Cadets (RCAC) will celebrate their 77th annual ceremonial review and the public is invited to join in the celebration with friends and families of the nearly 50 cadets who will be participating.

The squadron will parade before Reviewing Officer Colonel (retired) George Miller.

In addition to the Reviewing Officer, the inspection party will include Joan Irvine of the British Columbia provincial committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada, and MLA Dan Ashton.

The squadron is currently under the command of Canadian Reserve Officer, Capt. Karen Hellyer.

The purpose of the review, a military-inspired tradition, is to showcase some of the skills and knowledge cadets have learned over the past training year and during their time in the squadron.

Included will be a march past, demonstrations by the 259’s award-winning drill and military band.

READ MORE: Ceremonial Review for Panthers

As well there will be displays that highlight the cadets’ citizenship involvement, physical fitness, marksmanship, first aid, rocketry, flight and the history of the squadron.

“The aim of the cadet movement is to develop the attributes of good citizenship, leadership and physical fitness and to stimulate interest in the activities of the Canadian Air Force,” said chair Annelien Voges of 259 RCAC, Squadron sponsoring committee.

READ MORE:Special Day for members of 259 Panther Squadron

The program offers opportunities for youth ages 12 – 19 to learn new skills, develop their self-confidence and make new friends.

École Entre-Lacs is located at 1213 Debeck Rd. and the ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m.



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Flag party members during the 2018 259 Panther air cadet squadron ceremonial review. This year’s event is Saturday. (Western News file photo)

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