The Guidon PartyThe Guidon Party consists of the Bearer, 2 Escorts and the Orderly. The Guidon Bearer is a position held by the Senior Crewman Master Warrant Officer of the Regiment. The 2 Guidon Escorts are held by the 2 Senior Crewman Warrant Officers of the Regiment. The Guidon Orderly is held by a Crewman Sergeant of the Regiment.
The Current Guidon Party consists of:Guidon Bearer: MWO Pudar
Guidon Escorts: WO King & WO Chenier
Guidon Orderly: Sgt Jones
FORTISSIMO, for those of you who are reading this article, the same question I recently had is probably going through your head right now. What is FORTISSIMO? Fortissimo is an annual Sunset Ceremony which takes place on Parliament Hill. This military and musical spectacular took place on August 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2011 on the front lawns of Parliament. FORTISSIMO has been taking place in Ottawa since 1997, celebrating a different military milestone each year. This year it celebrated the 140th anniversary of the establishment of the permanent force and the formation of the Royal Canadian Artillery.
The Guidon Party’s from the three serving Armour Regiments were brought together along with the colours of the three serving infantry regiments and three from the reserves. The show was referred to by many as a “mini tattoo”, but for the Guidon parties, it was an incredible opportunity to display our most cherished artefact in front of the very people we serve to protect.
If you find yourself in the Ottawa area in the 2nd week of Aug, I highly recommend you make the effort to go and experience what I can only describe as one heart pounding and spectacular show. For those that are surfers of the all mighty computer, youtube has a lot of video footage you can view by searching “FORTISSIMO”.
MWO J.P. Pudar