It was a special honour for an exemplary cadet and his grandfather.
On May 30, Stanley Horton presented Sgt. Noel Horton – of the 521 Aurora Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Mission – with the Lord Strathcona Medal.
Stanley, a long-time member of the Air Cadet League of Canada and a Second World War veteran was given the rare opportunity to present the medal to his grandson.
Reviewing officer Major Philps, graciously stepped aside to allow this moment.
The Lord Strathcona Medal is the highest award which can be bestowed upon a cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.
The cadet is regarded by peers and supervisors as exemplifying the model cadet. The medal and the accompanying certificate of merit are awarded by the Lord Strathcona Trust.
Each air cadet squadron may award one medal in each training year, but it must be based solely on the availability of a worthy candidate.