At the Ortona Dinner

Letter: Paying it forward

2277 Seaforth Highlanders cadets grateful

To the editor;

In this season of giving, we were the grateful benefactors of some community donations for our 2277 Seaforth Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Langley annual recreation of the 1943 Ortona Dinner.

Our cadets eat the same Christmas meal that Canadian soldiers ate during that Second World War battle in Italy.

DeLorme Food Services Inc. donated all the roast pork, Langley A&W owner Nick Nurancy donated all the root beer (which cadets got instead of the beer that the soldiers had!), and Ryan at Save-On Walnut Grove who donated potatoes, cauliflower, and oranges.

Royal Canadian Legion Cloverdale Branch 6 graciously allowed 2277 Corps to use their kitchen and the dining area for the annual Ortona Dinner. We had a great group of parents who spent all day preparing and cooking the dinner in the kitchen. It was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun to get to know each other a bit better. The officers donated their time to serve the cadets, just like the officers did in 1943.

Our Parent Sponsoring Committee paid all this kindness forward by making arrangements with Willow Addictions to pick up all the leftovers, which they then served to those in need in Langley the next day.

A big thank you to everyone!

 

Belinda Burke

Director Auxiliary 2277 Parent Sponsoring Committee