Ordinary Seaman (OS) Erin Marsden is one of the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) sailors selected to participate in the Canadian Armed Forces’ (CAF) National Sentry Program for 2020, which sees CAF members standing sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, located in front of the National War Memorial in Ottawa.
“Being a part of the National Sentry Program means so much to me. When I got the email that I was recommended for this tasking, I cried for joy and called my Mum right away and told her. I am honoured to be the first group to start the program this year,” says OS Marsden.
“This year has been tough for everyone around the world and the fact that the Sentry Program is back up and running shows resilience and shows the country that the CAF cares about guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier no matter what is going on in the world. It is important that we stand sentry at the memorial in masks to show the community that we are keeping us safe and them safe no matter the costs.”
OS Marsden has only been in the Navy for roughly one and a half years, but it is the realization of a dream that began when she was only 12 years old.
“[I joined] the Royal Canadian Navy because it has been my career goal since I was 12 years old. Everything about the military interests me and I knew the Navy is where I wanted to head towards for a full-time career,” she says.
“I wanted a challenging job that would allow me to broaden my skills and have me doing something different…