Cadets prepare for Nauty Days

Over 230 teenaged sea cadets from HMCS Quadra on Goose Spit will take to Marina Park on Monday as part of the Comox Nautical Days celebrations.

Over 230 teenaged sea cadets from HMCS Quadra on Goose Spit will take to Marina Park on Monday as part of the Comox Nautical Days celebrations.

The performance will feature a 70-member guard, 60 cadets manning the flag party and naval field guns and a 40-member marching band. The cadets come from across Canada and are 14 to 18 years old.

The distinctly Canadian Ceremony of the Flags was originally created and performed by the Royal Canadian Navy in 1967 to celebrate Canada’s Centennial.

The national flag of Canada and the flags of each province and territory are paraded together in a celebration of nationhood. The ceremony combines elements of the ancient ceremonies of the Tattoo, Sunset Ceremony and Retreat and is a showcase of military precision, pageantry and discipline

The performance Monday runs from 8 to 9 p.m.

HMCS Quadra is a sea cadet summer training centre currently hosting 500 cadets undergoing two-, three-, six- or eight-week training courses, supervised by over 200 staff cadets and Canadian Forces members.

Sea Cadets is a national youth program for boys and girls aged 12 to 18, jointly sponsored by the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces and the civilian Navy League of Canada.

— Department of National Defence

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