Six Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) have been chosen to play important roles during this year’s national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa. These seven individuals, selected from across the country, are in Ottawa from November 5 to 12 to take part in a unique experience: the annual Remembrance Day Sentry Program.
The program participants are selected for this honour by their respective services, based on several factors, including deployment experience, community involvement, physical fitness and their record of conduct.
In addition to the Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial on November 11, the seven members are participating in various other activities, including visits to Parliament Hill, Rideau Hall, National Defence Headquarters, the Canadian War Museum, the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum, and the RCMP Technical and Protective Operations Facility.
Created in 1998, the Remembrance Day Sentry Program recognizes outstanding Regular and Reserve Force sailors, soldiers, and airmen and airwomen of the CAF, and a member of the RCMP, for their dedication, professionalism and performance.
The participants in this year’s program are:
Sergeant Kevin Beauchemin
1 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group Headquarters and Signal Squadron – Edmonton, Alberta
Hometown : Ste-Monique-de-Nicolet, Quebec
Leading Seaman Richard Balbuena
Royal Canadian Navy Sentry
HMCS Fredericton – Halifax, Nova Scotia
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Corporal Michel St-Pierre
Canadian Army Sentry
2 Service Battalion – Petawawa, Ontario
Hometown: Rimouski, Quebec
Aviator Sarah Comeau
Royal Canadian Air Force Sentry
14 Wing Greenwood – Greenwood, Nova Scotia
Hometown: Kingston, Nova Scotia
Sergeant Mike Polegi
Royal Canadian Mounted Police Sentry
Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Covert Operations, “K” Division Headquarters – Edmonton, Alberta
Hometown: Tisdale, Saskatchewan
Lieutenant(N) Elodie Tremblay
Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters – Ottawa, Ontario
Hometown: Dolbeau, Quebec
Sergeant Jimmy Lavallière
Special Guest of the Chief of the Defence Staff
3rd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment – Valcartier, Quebec
Hometown: St-Pierre-Les-Becquets, Quebec