Ceremony of the Flags

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Cadets perform for nine year-old guest of honor

The ceremony of the flags has been a tradition at Scallop Days for many years.

This year the spectacle showcased the precision marching and musical ability of 300 sea cadets from HMCS Acadia. Located at the old Cornwallis base, the Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre is the largest in Canada.

The tradition of the Ceremony of the Flags dates back several centuries to a time when townspeople grew crops and grazed cattle outside the town walls. Each day at sunset a horn or trumpet call was made to warn people to return to safety in the town and to signal the mustering and posting of guards for night watches. The night guard's muskets were fired and reloaded to ensure the powder was fresh and weapons were ready.

Organizations: Cornwallis

Geographic location: Canada

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