Youth to perform historic Ceremony of the Flags at Fort Anne

Free event will include almost 200 cadets conducting cannon and rifle displays

Lawrence Powell
Published on July 30, 2014
Cadets from HMCS Acadia Sea Cadet Summer Training Centreat last year's ceremony.
Lawrence Powell

Cadets from HMCS Acadia Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre will perform a historic Ceremony of the Flags inside the Fort Anne National Historic Site, Annapolis Royal, starting at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 3, 2014.

Approximately 200 cadets will take part in the ceremony which includes a military marching band, as well as small arms and cannon fire that produces considerable noise and smoke. Cadets will fire a “feu de joie” which consists of three volleys of 100 blank small arms fired in rapid succession approximately 15 minutes into the ceremony. In addition to this, two small cannons will fire a total of 21 blank rounds around the half-way mark, with a final round fired just before sunset to mark the end of the event. The ceremony is expected to last one hour.

All ammunition will be blank and all related safety precautions will be implemented. HMCS Acadia would like to remind the publicthat small arms ammunitions, pyro-technics and similar explosive objects are a hazard and should not be picked up as souvenirs. If you pick up any object you believe to be an explosive, notify your local police, who will make arrangements to safely dispose of it.

The Ceremony of the Flags is conducted to honour Canada’s history, provinces and territories and provides an opportunity for the cadets of HMCS Acadia to give back to their local community while developing their teamwork and leadership skills. The ceremony is freely open to the public and all are invited to attend. Those wishing to attend should arrive on site by 7:40 p.m.

Cadets Canada Photo Gallery: 2013 Ceremony of the Flags at Fort Anne.