Hum­bled by the hon­our

Cana­dian Ranger Mas­ter Cor­po­ral Mike Shep­pard among first group of Rangers to do Sen­try duty

The Aurora (Labrador City) - - Front Page - BY MIKE POWER

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.

SUB­MIT­TED PHO­TOS

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.

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