• CW Member wins Trip to Vimy

    A great story about Cadet-World member Comeau!

    ACLC(On) President Don McCumber makes presentation to C/Sgt Comeau.

    Cambridge Cadet wins trip to Vimy Ridge

    A free trip to France this Friday is hard work paying off for a Cambridge teenager.

    Sgt. David Comeau, 17, an Army Cadet with 21 Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Army Cadets Corps, earned himself a nine-day trip to France through a fundraising effort.

    The current project to erect a statue of General Sir Arthur Currie in his hometown of Strathroy, Ont. has a number of groups working together to make it happen.

    Currie commanded the Canadian troops at the Battle of Vimy Ridge, and with the Army Cadets in charge of commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge, it was decided Currie should be remembered in a special way.

    “When I actually read into the project and seeing how there was little to no recognition for General Arthur Currie, I kind of wanted him to be remembered, for me personally. So I kind of went out of my way to raise money for the foundation,” said Comeau.

    With Army cadets all over Ontario on board to help make this statue possible, the Vimy Foundation was contacted and agreed to supply 20,000 Vimy Ridge Anniversary pins to be sold.

    Proceeds of the pins helped offset their cost, as well as support the Currie Project. One dollar from each pin also went back to the Army Cadet Corps from which it was sold.

    The Vimy Foundation and the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario) came together and agreed the top two cadets who sold more than 250 pins would win a trip to France.

    With the incentive to help a good cause and the chance to win a trip to France, Comeau kicked his motivation into high gear and made every effort to sell as many pins as possible. In the end, he sold more than 600.

    “At first, it was just the trip to Vimy, France. I’ve never been outside of Canada and I think it’d be a great experience to see all the monuments and the Vimy Ridge memorial, and see what it’s all about,” said an excited Comeau.

    Highlights on the itinerary include visits to Vimy Ridge, the Passchendaele memorial and last post ceremony, Ypres, the Somme 1916 museum, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and some other sight-seeing in Paris.

    On March 25, Comeau also received a certificate in recognition for his extended efforts toward the project.

    Article and Photo Credit: Lauren Gilhula, Special to Cambridge Times.

    There is also some great audio here:
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      I know it's old news but I was also happy to see a Cadet from General Sir Arthur Currie's hometown of Strathroy won a trip. Sometimes it's a little something EXTRA special when it's kept local.