CELORON - A squadron of Royal Canadian Air Cadets journey to Celoron to help celebrate Memorial Day.
In addition to the honor guard and firing squad from the Herman Kent Post 777, a contingent of the 822nd Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets honored American soldiers who gave their lives in service to the nation.
"The unique thing about us having a event here is the addition of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets," said John Keeney, Celoron mayor. "Our closest international neighbor feels loyal enough to come to our country to honor our war dead. And Conversely, their memorial day, we go to Canada to honor there war dead. I think that's a unique experience."
Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron 822 is in the background of Memorial Day services Monday in Celoron.
P-J photo by Hilary Scott
The Herman Kent Post 777 and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron 822 became sister posts as part of Hands Across the Border.
"We come down here in May and we go up there in August to march in the Warriors Day parade," said Al Crick, Herman Kent Post 777 firing squad commander.
During the Memorial Day services at the Veterans' Memorial in Lucille Ball Memorial Park, the ''Wreath of Honor'' will be placed at the memorial by Celoron residents and Vietnam War veteran Charles Ellis and Grenada Conflict veteran Kenneth Berlund. The main address was given by Dick Kogut, World War II and Korean War veteran. Kogut spoke about the 70th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.
After the service, Royal Canadian Air Cadets and the Herman Kent Post 777 joined the village of Lakewood and the Lakewood Memorial Post 1286 in the Memorial Day Parade.