Cadet Alysha Milward earned prestigious award at Vernon

Cadet Alysha Milward of 100 Mile House was the recipient of an Army Navy Air Force Veterans Cadet Medal of Merit

Cadet Alysha Milward is presented with the ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit

Cadet Alysha Milward is presented with the ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit

Cadet Alysha Milward of 100 Mile House was the recipient of an Army Navy Air Force Veterans (ANAVETS) Cadet Medal of Merit at the Final Parade and Sunset Ceremony at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre (VACSTC) recently.

Milward is a member of 2887 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in 100 Mile House.

ANAVETS is Canada’s oldest veterans association with a proud history dating to 1840.

The ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit recognizes the top cadet during the summer’s training at VACSTC on each of the Instructor level courses. In addition to the medal, the cadets are eligible for a $1,000 bursary, which can be applied to any accredited university or community college.

Milward was enrolled in the six-week Drill and Ceremonial Course. The cadets enrolled in this course not only perfected their individual drill, they also learned to teach younger cadets at their home corps. During the summer, they formed Quarter Guards to welcome dignitaries to VACSTC, and provided flag parties for all parades. For the final parade and sunset ceremony, the cadets in the Drill and Ceremonial Course formed the Guard and fired the Feu de Joie, a rapid sequence of blank rounds.

After the final parade, the cadets made their way to their homes in Western Canada.

During the summer, 1,200 army, sea and air cadets from Western Canada will have spent up to six weeks in the Okanagan Valley centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.