Cadets take centre stage for Sunset Ceremony

Kingston, ON, Canada / CKWS TV

Kingston –  It’s a time to shine.  A time to reflect.  And to show off their hard work.  Every year hundreds of Royal Military College students take centre stage on the parade square to put on a show like no other.  The Sunset Ceremony is a time honoured tradition dating back to the 18th century.   A chance for students to shine a spotlight on the college’s many different groups.
This year’s event featured a wide array of demonstrations from highland dancers and band performances to the ceremonial drill team and aboriginal drummers.

Joshua Sommer, Senior Cadet
“There’s a lot of traditions as well including the exchange of the colours from the outgoing colour party to the incoming colour party.”

Mastering these skills takes time, practice and a lot of passion.  It can be an emotional experience for some students – but in the end they say it’s worth it.

Joshua Sommer, Senior Cadet
“A little nerve wracking. There’s a lot of people but it’s fun, I love doing it, I love letting for example my parents, my friends like everyone to see what really the military – you know that it’s fun.”

Among the spectators – a special guest – Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan.

And while for some this may be their last sunset ceremony – the experience of performing in front of family and friends with fellow officer-cadets is one they won’t soon forget.  Nikki Jhutti, CKWS News Kingston.

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