The 2017 Remembrance Day Sentry Program

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Aviator Sarah Comeau, (left), RCMP Sergeant Mike Polegi, Sergeant Jimmy Lavallière, Leading Seaman Richard Balbuena, Sergeant Kevin Beauchemin, Corporal Michel St-Pierre and Lieutenant(N) Elodie Tremblay, have been chosen to play important roles during this year’s national Remembrance Day ceremony in Ottawa.

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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
Sentry Commander
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
Nursing Officer
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

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