The Guards Star - May 2021
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GGFG Guards Star May 2021
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From the GGFGRA President
With more and more people being able to get the vaccine, we are starting to see the start of the end of the tunnel with this pandemic. It does feel like we are living the same day over and over again. The association is starting to plan the association reunion and the Guards Ball for our 150th anniversary celebrations in fall of 2022. The Association Reunion committee is also exploring a reunion event for this 2021 but will depend on how the current COVID situation will develop in the next few months.
I had the pleasure of attending the Sergeants Mess’ annual Cut Knife Hill event on 1 May. Although
scaled down and not the traditional affair it normally is, the mess showed great creativity in hosting a virtual get together to commemorate this important part of Regimental history.
The Association would like to pass on its condolences to Sgt. Samantha Williams-Hamaoui who
lost her father on 5 April to a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
We note the recent passing of a member of the Regimental Family. LCol Robert Barrette, a former
commanding officer of the Governor General’s Foot Guards Royal Canadian Cadet Corps. He passed away on April 11th due to complications related to COVID 19. We want to recognize his dedicated service to the CAF but in particular his service to our cadet corps. This terrible virus has affected everyone in one way or another and we look forward to see the end of what has
taken so much from us all.
Also it is with great sadness that we have lost a long time member of our Regimental Family, Sgt Arthur
McKenzie (Ret’d), father of Capt. Art McKenzie on 2 April. Sgt McKenzie served the CAF for 25 years in the regular force with the Canadian Guards, the Black Watch and 2 RCR. After leaving the regular force he served with 28 Svc Battallion and ended his career with the GGFG. He was a familiar face at many GGFG events over the years.
All will be remembered.
At this time of the year we would like to wish the Regiment good luck as we move into the summer tasking season and we know that the Guardsmen that will be sent to courses, tasks and operations will do the Regiment proud.
Up the Guards!
MWO Stephane Marleau, CD (Ret’d)