It was a momentous day for the Drumheller Sea Cadets on Wednesday, Sept. 20. That evening, in addition to their weekly meeting and parade, they received a special visit from the National President of the Navy League of Canada.
"Tonight is a special night for us. We have our National President coming to visit us," explained Drumheller Sea Cadets President Dave Hanik. "Most of the parents are here to meet and greet with the National President, so that's a pretty big honour for us to receive that tonight."
Earle Corn recently became the National President of the organization. Before that, he served as the National VP of Sea Cadets since 2004. He was in Alberta this week and decided to stop by rural communities for a quick meet and greet.
"We have our AGM in Rocky Mountain House this weekend. He came a couple of days early and he's never had the chance to visit some of the rural communities for our cadet course," elaborated Hanik. "He's picked Drumheller as one of them. Rather than going to the big cities of Calgary and Red Deer, he's actually going to some of the small ones, which is great for us."
At Wednesday's parade, Corn gave an inspirational speech and presented Cadet Bailey Chung with a special pin. CO Steve Proudler received a challenge coin from Corn and presented the National President with a challenge coin of his own, on behalf of the Drumheller squadron. Afterwards, the Sea Cadets continued with their regular programming, albeit with a special spectator.
"Every Wednesday night is what we call our parade night. That's our regular meeting night from 6:30 to 9:00 every Wednesday night. We meet here, kids do different programs, they do lessons learning about the Navy and the Military and they do an actual march and parade with their officers."
Last week, the Navy League building got a makeover, thanks to a grant by the Town of Drumheller and donations by the local community. The refreshed exterior now has sealed and insulated windows, new lights and new signage.