Mayor & Council to honour local Cadet Units with ‘Freedom of the City’ Ceremony on Saturday 

CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke and Council are pleased to invite the public to our bestowing ceremony of the ‘Freedom of the City’, the City’s highest honour, to our local CBRM Cadet Units.

The ceremony will take place at City Hall on the Esplanade in Sydney, on Saturday, October 6, 2018 at 1 p.m. (1300 hours).

All Cadet Corps and Squadrons will parade from the Joan Harris Cruise Pavilion, along the Esplanade, arriving at City Hall for 1p.m.  

Granting Freedom of the City is the highest honour a city can bestow. This historic tradition signifies a city’s trust in a military unit, organization or dignitary and serves as an official welcome, granting the freedom to parade or visit the city at leisure, allowing them the privilege to march into the city "with drums beating, colours flying, and bayonets fixed".

The following Cadet Units will be receiving the distinct honour, ‘Freedom of the City’, from the Cape Breton Regional Municipality:

  • 29 Sydney Kiwanis & Band, Royal Canadian Air Cadets;
  • 45 A/M Edwards, Royal Canadian Air Cadets;
  • 562 Cabot, Royal Canadian Air Cadets;
  • 129 Caribou, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets;
  • 587 Whitney Pier, Royal Canadian Air Cadets;
  • 591 Dunlap, Royal Canadian Air Cadets;
  • 86 Dreadnought, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets;
  • 693 Sydney Rotary Sqn, Royal Canadian Air Cadets;
  • 3060 Coriano Ridge, Royal Canadian Army Cadets;
  • 2878 Cape Breton Highlanders, Royal Canadian Army Cadets;
  • 2 Sydney, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets; and
  • 70 New Waterford, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. 

“The Canadian Cadet Organization has a lengthy and rich history of service in our community, providing outstanding opportunities and programs for our youth,” said CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke, “CBRM Council are proud to be able to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of all those involved in the Cadet Organization through this special ceremony".

Saturday, October 6, 2018 also marks Cadet Day in Nova Scotia – the only province in Canada to have a day recognizing the efforts and community contributions of youth who are members of the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets as well as the Navy League Cadets of Canada. Nova Scotia celebrates “Cadet Day” annually on the first Saturday in October. This celebration was made an Official Act by the Nova Scotia Government in 2010.Over 3,000 of the province’s eligible youth take advantage the Royal Canadian Sea, Army or Air Cadet program. Cadet organizations exist in all of Nova Scotia’s counties, for a grand total of 86 Cadet Corps and Squadrons throughout the province. 

Comprised of the Royal Canadian Sea, Army, and Air Cadets, the Canadian Cadet Organizations aims to develop leadership, citizenship, and self-confidence in youth ages 12 to 18, through challenging experiences you can’t get anywhere else. Sea cadets learn seamanship skills, including navigation and how to sail. Army cadets focus on expedition, orienteering, and outdoor leadership. While air cadets take part in aviation and aerospace topics like rocketry or earning a private pilot’s license. All elements promote healthy living and offer challenges that progress throughout their time in the program. In Nova Scotia, Cadets is free to join and youth can earn up to two credits toward their high school graduation..