Two Sunshine Coast Navy League Cadets – and one Sea Cadet – had the honour of carrying out the giant Canadian flag at not one but two BC Lions games on Nov. 5 and 13.
Navy League cadets LC Jacob Poirier and AC Lily Karkbe joined about 60 other cadets from around the province to carry out the flag for the Nov. 5 game – then were invited back the following Sunday to do it again, this time in front of Veterans Affairs Minister Kent Hehr.
“He was so nice,” Tina Poirier, branch president with the Sunshine Coast Navy League and Sea Cadets, said.
Sea Cadet OC Matthew Poirier carried the flag out with Jacob at the Nov. 13 game, and the two then got to meet Hehr.
“[Hehr] was talking to the kids, asking them what they like about cadets and all kinds of questions,” Poirier said. “He was really engaging with them. It was nice to see – yeah, he’s in a position of power, but he’s still humble enough to talk to the kids and still be at their level. It was nice to meet him; he’s a really nice man.”
Jacob and Lily also got a chance to meet a 104-year-old Second World War veteran who goes by the name “Mr. Keith.” As one of the last surviving veterans of the Second World War, Poirier said, Mr. Keith was delighted to talk to the young cadets and answer their questions.