March to the Memorial Arch…And back

March to the Memorial Arch…And back

By: WJO

In the neighbourhood of 500 Ex Cadets march out proudly to the Memorial Arch under sunny skies and ideal early Fall weather conditions.

The only thing better than the weather was the great spirit and camaraderie of all the returning Ex Cadets.

Taking the salute on the march-off from the Parade Square was H2652 Britton Smith – RMC entry year 1938.

The celebrant at the Memorial Arch was 8457, The Reverend Paul Robinson Class of 1971 who with his classmates entered the Old Brigade on the weekend.

On the return to the Parade Square three significant awards were made:

MORE… with photos and short videos (near the end of the Flickr photo album)…

The Captain Matthew Dawe Memorial Sword is presented annually by the Dawe family to the Cadet deemed to be the best ROTP combat arms cadet entering fourth year. 22596 Captain Dawe, who graduated in 2004, was killed in action in Afghanistan on the 4th of July 2007. Capt. Dawe was an outstanding officer and his many qualities serve as an excellent role model to any junior leader.

The sword was presented by his father S150 LCol (Ret’d) Peter Dawe Sr and his mother Reine.

The sword was awarded to: 26941 OCdt David Chadwick

Red and White Sports Challenge

Pijper Cup, which was donated by the Class of 1980 in memory of 12602 Thomas A Pijper, to the overall winner of the Ex-cadet vs Cadet sports challenge on Reunion Weekend.

The Cadets were the winners this year 3-2. See sports section for individual results.

27261 OCdt Kris Chung was requested to come forward by 6440 Capt (N) (ret,d) Anthony Goode to accept the RMC Club President’s Award.

The following is the citation for the award:

“27261 OCdt Kris Chung is awarded the RMC Club President’s Award in recognition of his selfless act in volunteering to save the life of Binh Wagner by donating a part of his own liver in 2015. Binh Wager, herself a twin and daughter of a Kingston military family, was afflicted with a rare and ravaging disease which required urgent medical attention. With disregard to his own health and demanding situation, he volunteered to be her donor initially in an anonymous manner. He has since played an increasingly important role with Binh and the Wagner family. His truly inspirational sense of community, generosity, and example has garnered tremendous credit to the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Military College of Canada, and its alumni. Without doubt, OCdt Kris Chung’s character and actions exemplify the ideals of the College and Truth, Duty, Valour.”

The final award was presented to H8788 Geoff Bennett of the Class 1971 of who was given a Club Honorary Life Membership Certificate.

The honour came about for many reasons but mainly:

Geoff Bennet is accorded this honour in recognition of his sixteen years of exceptional support to the Club, the RMC Foundation, and to the Colleges for his efforts as the lead organizer for the Chasse Galerie. The Chasse Galerie concluded its fifth and perhaps final fundraising campaign this past week. The Chasse Galerie successfully met its goal of $150,000 this year and they have raised in excess of $400,000 to the Danny McLeod Fund which supports athletic excellence at the colleges.

The commandant himself ,BGen Sean Friday, Class of 1989, Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada, closed out the weekend with a short but high-spirited address which pretty well summed the great reunion weekend.

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