CMR Saint-Jean Entry Class of 1970: Entry into the Old Brigade Project
50 Years since Prep Camp, for the CMR Entry Class of 1970, arrives in August 2020. No matter how long you were at CMR St-Jean (with attendance or not at Kingston or Royal Roads), 2020 is the year our Class enters the Old Brigade.
Our Class has created a fund, Fonds du CMR Saint-Jean 1970-1975 Fund, to give something back to the College where we started our adult lives.
You may be aware that based on a considerable amount of work by the military and academic staffs of the College, CMR is returning to a degree granting institution. The first class to graduate will do so in May, 2021. This will once again permit students to complete their university education completely at CMR in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
There is going to be a new cadets’ mess renovation, using the Saint-Maurice Chapel building. Saint Maurice was the leader of the legendary Roman Theban Legion in the 3rd century, and one of the most venerated and widely respected saints in Catholicism. Maurice is the patron saint of soldiers, swordsmiths, armies, and infantrymen. In the old Chapel there is a “priceless” stained glass mural that must be preserved and moved to the front of the building over the entry way. (The CMR stained-glass mural is mentioned in the English version of Wikipedia).
It is intended that the preservation and move of the stained glass as part of the new Cadet’s mess renovation be OUR Class contribution to the College as we enter the Old Brigade. Architects are currently drawing up plans and costing the renovation. The renovation may not be completed in 2020; however, construction should have started.
We need all members of the CMR Entry Class of 1970 to contribute. Any extra funds will be used to purchase additional military or historical art work for the new Cadets’ mess. We will have an appropriate plaque made which will indicate the origins and history of the stained glass and that the donations of the CMR Entry Class of 1970 were raised to preserve and move this precious piece of CMR history.
Many of your classmates have already donated, giving our fund, at the end of August 2019, a sum of approximately $24,000. Our target is to reach over $30,000 and we need the help of all of our class members – from Entry to Graduation.
You can make your tax-deductible donation through the RMC Foundation during the last few months of 2019 and again in 2020.
You must ensure you direct your donation to FONDS DU CMR SAINT-JEAN 1970-1975 FUND or it will not go to our Class fund to be used at CMR St-Jean.
From your Committee of Daniel, Denis, Michel, Jerry, Chas, Chris