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Cadets put flags on veteran graves for new initiative

Remembrance Day is a time of reflection and thanks, to those that endured unspeakable things to make sure our country stayed free. Cadet groups across the county and beyond are integral in reflecting thanks to our veterans and three Pictou County cadets will be adding to how they say thank you to a veteran this year.

As part of a new initiative with the Pictou County Military Museum and the Cadet groups around the County David Avery of the Military Museum has started a new initiative that will see one army cadet, one air cadet and one sea cadet make their way around to all the cemeteries in Westville this year putting a Canadian flag on all the veterans’ graves they can identify.

Avery, who is also the training officer for the New Glasgow Army Cadets, came up with the idea as a way to help cadets get volunteers service to help them achieve their cadet medal of excellence.

“It was an idea that just came in my head,” said Avery. Although the cadets are only doing cemeteries in the town of Westville this year Avery is planning on doing a different town each year with different cadets that are trying to achieve their medal.

“I thought it was a very symbolic act for the kids,” he added. So far Avery has received very positive reactions to the idea from anyone he has told about the new project.

“They thought it was a good idea too,” he said of the cadets in his troop when he told them about the project. Avery has collected 1000 flags to put on the graves, the cadets spent Sunday afternoon making the rounds, identifying graves and placing flags on each of them.

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