Copper Sunday

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Public Service Announcement - RMC PSA 13.05, May 3, 2013

Royal Military College of Canada remembers Battle of the Atlantic during Copper Sunday

Cadets from the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC) will exercise Freedom of the City in Kingston on Sunday, May 5th, which is also Copper Sunday.

Residents are advised that this parade from RMC to Kingston City Hall will result in some minor traffic disruptions along Highway 2 and Ontario Street as well as feeder streets. The road from RMC, across the Lasalle Causeway and onto Ontario Street will be blocked by Kingston City Police from approximately 8:40 a.m. until the parade reaches City Hall at 9 a.m.

Once at City Hall, the Cadets will be met by His Worship, Mayor Mark Gerretsen, who will address the parade. From there, the Cadets may, if they choose, disperse into smaller groups to attend regular morning services at local churches. One hundred cadets will also attend Battle of the Atlantic Ceremonies.

Copper Sunday is a tradition that began at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church circa 1880 when RMC Cadets would take handfuls of copper pennies and throw them towards the offering plate to make as much noise as they could. The tradition today is for Cadets to pour their accumulated pennies into the plate from military-issued black socks.

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