Cadets to place flags for veterans

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Three local cadets will be placing Canadian flags beside veterans’ head stones at the cemetery in Sunny Brae.

Members of Flight 219 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps are taking part in the project to place the flags on November 10, prior to the annual Remembrance Day ceremony at the veterans’ memorial in Sunny Brae.

The project will fulfill part of the commitment they made to the Royal Canadian Legion to achieve honours in leadership and citizenship.

“It’s a way to say thank you to them,” Ben Hingley said.

“It means a lot to be able to get this opportunity,” Aidan Smith said.

“It’s good to remember the fallen who have made this a great country and to follow in their footsteps,” Noah MacDonald said.

Former judge and local historian Clyde Macdonald, who was born in Sunny Brae, helped the cadets by marking the graves where the flags are to be placed.

Macdonald said there are six First World War veterans and 12 Second World War veterans buried at the cemetery. Only four of the veterans have head stones that reference their military services.

Some of the veterans died during the war, while others survived the war and died later, being interred there.

This is the third year for the flag project. Cadets placed flags at veterans’ graves in Westville in 2017 and in Stellarton and Thorburn last year.