The public is invited to observe a Freedom of the City parade hosted by the City of Charlottetown on Wednesday, July 22 with the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre.
The granting of the Freedom of the City is the highest honour that a city can bestow. It is an ancient tradition that signifies a city’s trust in a military unit, organization or dignitary. It is an official welcome and grants the freedom to parade or visit the city at leisure.
The cadets from the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre will parade from HMCS Queen Charlotte along Water Street to Queen Street, arriving at Charlottetown City Hall (199 Queen Street) at approximately 10:30 a.m. Mayor Clifford Lee, members of City Council, senior staff and Police Services will participate in the official ceremony.
The Argonaut Training Centre cadets will have a police escort on their parade, which may temporarily slow traffic on the parade route. A section of Queen Street, between Fitzroy and Kent streets, will be closed to traffic from approximately 9:30 a.m. until 12 p.m. (noon). Parking will be restricted on Queen Street between Fitzroy and Kent streets from 5 a.m. until 12 p.m. (noon).
While the cadets that attend the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre are not members of the military, they are members of Canada’s cadet program for youth ages 12 to 18, which aims to develop their leadership, citizenship and teamwork skills in an environment that instils Canadian military values. More than 1,100 cadets from across Canada take part in summer training opportunities at the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre each summer.
For more information on the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre, visit: www.cadets.ca/en/summer-opportunities/training-centres-argonaut.page (Cadets.ca)
City of Charlottetown
Capt. Liam Mather
Public Affairs Officer, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic)
Department of National Defence / Government of Canada