Copper Sunday tradition alive & well

 

Copper Sunday tradition alive & well

By: WJO

Sunday, 1 May, RMCC’s Cadet Wing participated in the annual Copper Sunday tradition. They formed-up on the Parade Square at 0730; stepped off at 0830; and arrived just prior to 0900 at City Hall with A-B Divisions leading, Band center followed by C-D Divisions.

An overnight rain that was still lingering at form-up forced a change of dress from scarlets to 4s with raincoats.

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Following the trip across the Lasalle causeway, the cadets halted in front of Kingston City Hall. They were addressed by the Mayor (and economics professor at Royal Military College) Bryan Paterson and Commandant, BGen Sean Friday.

The ceremony lasted the best part of 15 minutes.

A number of local and area citizens along with a handful of tourists defied the weather and witnessed the impressive ceremony. Comments from the crowd were very positive especially from the out-of-town folks, many of whom, likely witnessed officer-cadets, in a formal setting, for the first time.

The tradition began in the late nineteenth century with cadets attending church service in town on the last Sunday of the academic year. Taking fistfuls of copper pennies with them to church, they would throw them into the offering plate in as loud a manner as possible.

The ‘Copper Sunday’ tradition is kept alive today, although in a much different format. Cadets are required to remain in town until at least 1100. Some attended (optional) church services; visited local business and connected with the local population.

Wet weather didn’t dampen the spirit or the enthusiasm of the cadets marching into town and certainly didn’t dampen the warm reception received at City Hall.

Copper Sunday is still a very special day on the college calendar that does RMCC proud.

More photos by By OCdt McLean – Here

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