By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario – The SD & G Highlanders celebrated a banner year, including accolades from the prime minister and a member of the Royal Family joining their ranks, at the Cornwall Armoury.
Over 100 people visited with members of the storied reserve regiment at the second annual Regimental Family Levee hosted by The Glens’ Association.
Many people took the chance to shake hands and wish a happy New Year to the newly appointed Lieutenant-Colonel Steve Young.
Hon. Lt.-Col. Jim Brownell, of the SD and G Highlanders, was thrilled to share the regiment’s traditions during an event that recently opened up to the community.
“This gives us a chance to show off the Armoury and show the community what we do as a regiment,” said Brownell.
Ronald Coughlan, association president, said the Armoury, a federal heritage building since 1996, constantly draws the attention of passersby.
His goal is to make the Regimental Family Levee become a popular local event.
“There’s a lack of interest in the military,” said Coughlan. “We have to educate. This event is also for our families and the community.”
Stormont Sea Cadets Lt. Chris Cochrane and Lt. David Barkley enjoyed socializing with fellow Glens as well as the public.
“We would like to see more of the public show up to these events,” said Cochrane. “Wearing our regalia stirs a lot of questions to start a conversation.”
Barkley has served for over 30 years and considers the Glens' legacy an important part of Canada’s history.
“The Glens served in every major conflict since the War of 1812,” he said.
Both cadets agreed the event allowed for a nice chat without the hindrance of an agenda.
Carol Goddard, regimental librarian, opened the Armoury's library to share what she called an eclectic collection of local history. She said the regiment has one of the only regimental libraries in Canada, with many books specific to the area that will never be republished.
"It's designed for the regiment, but members of the public are welcome to use it," she said.