Cadet Museum hosts history

Activities are building to a crescendo this week for cadets attending the Vernon Cadet Summer Training Centre.

A pleasant side benefit from the enhanced attention on the work of the cadets is more interest and traffic for the Cadet Camp Museum.

On Thursday, members of the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band from England will tour the museum during their visit to the training centre, said Wayne Emde, press manager for Vernon Cadet Museum.

The band is one of the featured attractions at the Vernon and Okanagan Military Tattoo which takes place on Saturday and Sunday at Kal Tire Place.

Museum staff members will also have an information table at the Tattoo. Marketing manager Marina Craig said, "We are excited to have a booth at the tattoo as it offers a great opportunity for the museum to network with other institutions and to make ourselves known and to introduce ourselves to the public."

On Saturday, museum staff said they are proud to host the Western Command Military Vehicle Historical Society.

Eight to 10 restored military vehicles including a Second World War-era gun truck and 25-pounder artillery piece, and a Bren Gun Carrier will be on display on Patricia Way, just north of the Museum from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Museum curator Francois Arseneault said it's a perfect way for visitors to take in some history before attending the 2019 Vernon and Okanagan Military Tattoo that afternoon.

Admission to the museum is free. Access to the display is through the tunnel under Highway 97.

Because there is a graduation parade of cadets enrolled in three-week courses on Friday morning, parents and visitors will have the opportunity to tour the museum and take home a souvenir of their cadet’s time at Vernon.

— With files from Wayne Emde

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