WINNIPEG – Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadrons from across Manitoba were in Winnipeg Saturday to celebrate their 75th anniversary.
350 cadets paraded through downtown streets and took part in a ceremony outside of City Hall where Mayor Brian Bowman offered his thanks.
“Please know that you are all doing your part to ensure our home, our city, our province and our country is a place we’re all proud to call home,” said Bowman in a speech delivered during the ceremony.
The first Air Cadet squadrons were established in 1941 to train young men for duty during the Second World War. Since then, their focus is now on community involvement and leadership roles.
“Over the years the passion, discipline, character building and sense of national pride and respect that has been instilled in cadets over 75 years has certainly made our community better,” said Bowman.
Members of Winnipeg Police Service were on hand as well along with councillors Janice Lukes and Devi Sharma.
The event also included a ceremony held at the Manitoba Legislature grounds with Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Janice Filmon.