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Cadet150 - Parade of National Significance

posted 22 Oct 2014, 20:00 by Matt Long
As you are well aware by now the NZCF are celebrating 150 years as the oldest youth organisation in NZ and is based on a Government and community partnership where Units are raised by the community for the youth of that community.  Today's organisation caters for secondary school aged children which comprises the Sea Cadet Corps, The NZ Cadet Corps and the Air Training Corps.  New Zealand has 99 of these Units with over 3900 Officers and Cadets distributed throughout the country.

As part of the 150th Anniversary the NZCF have particitpated in a major camp for over 1,200 officers and cadets at Waiouru in January 2014 where attendees enjoyed challenging and structured activites over a five day period.  Last month His Excellency the Governor General hosted a Vice-Regal Reception at Government house Wellington for the Unit Commanders from around the country to recognise their voluntary work.

To conclude the celebrations it is intended to hold a co-ordinated parade of national significance where every cadet in the Country parades in front of their local community at the same time on the same day.  The proposed date and time chosen for this activity is 11am Sunday 9 November 2014 as this date is Remembrance Sunday commemorating the signing of the Armistice following the end of World War 1.  It is also very near to the date 150 years previously that the first NZCF Unity was established at Dunedin.

Also a national parade will be taking place in Wellington, with 150 cadets, 1 from each unit, parading through the streets of Wellington.  18SQN will be represented by W/O Cummins-Leslie.

Joining Instructions have been drafted, but are subject to change.  This page will be updated as more information comes out.

Matt Long,
22 Oct 2014, 20:00