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.
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.
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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