Humbled by the honour
Canadian Ranger Master Corporal Mike Sheppard among first group of Rangers to do Sentry duty
Since 2007, Canadian Military personnel have been posted to do sentry duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
This year, for the first time, the Canadian Rangers were part of those doing sentry duty. Ten members of the Rangers were selected for sentry duty. Master Corporal Mike Sheppard of Labrador City was one of the group that made history.
“The program to get Rangers involved has been in the making for about three years,” Sheppard explained.
The Rangers are part of Canada’s reserve force and members have been in active duty, and some have lost their lives. There are about 5,000 Rangers in Canada, with 32 Patrols in Newfoundland and Labrador. The local Patrol has 42 members in Labrador City and Wabush.
Earlier this year all Patrols were emailed about the Sentry Duty and Sheppard applied.
“I was surprised that I heard back in three days, and was informed that I was selected,” he said.
Sheppard and the group did the sentry duty earlier in June, completing it on June 25.
In addition to Sheppard, there were two other Rangers from Newfoundland and Labrador — Jamie Bussey of St. Anthony and Bert White of Gambo. The other Rangers were from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.
Sheppard says the experience was an honour, but at the same time a humbling experience.
Master Corporal Mike Sheppard , one of 10 Rangers who were first to do Sentry Duty at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and National War Memorial.
Master Corporal Sheppard reads duties on Sentry.