OTTAWA — With their scarlet tunics and their bearskins headdress, the Ceremonial Guard of the Canadian Armed Forces is the most recognizable military unit in Canada.
For more than 50 years, the changing of the guard has been a top Ottawa summer attraction, having thrilled thousands of visitors on Parliament Hill.
The Ceremonial Guard, the band and the pipes and drums of the Ceremonial Guard provide sentries at Parliament, the National War Memorial and at Rideau Hall, the official residence of Governor General David Johnston.
This year, a Charlottetown resident has the opportunity to spend his summer as part of this tradition.
William Roney is a 26-year-old reservist who is a Guardsman with the Governor General’s Foot Guard.
“Being part of Ceremonial Guard a great place to be a part of military tradition and history,” Roney said in a news release. “I am proud to wear my uniform under the shadow of the Peace Tower.”
Roney has undergone three weeks of intensive drill, during which he mastered the precision movements, attained a high standard of dress and deportment, and underwent extensive physical fitness training. He was also fitted and tailored in the scarlet uniform.
During the summer, Roney will also participate in Ceremonial Guard appearances around eastern Ontario. He will also take part in the culmination event known as Fortissimo, which takes place on the lawns of Parliament Hill and features massed military bands, pipes and drums, guest performers and the soldiers of the Ceremonial Guard.