Colonel Strome Galloway. E.D., C.D. (Ret'd)
Lieutenant-Colonel of the Regiment
Although this article is entitled "Foreword" it is in reality a "Postcript"--- a Postcript to sixteen years of Canadian guardsmanship. And this is because on 15 September, 1969 the Colonel of the Regiment received a letter from the Hon. Leo Cadieux, Minister of National Defence, which said in its opening paragraph:
Dear General Rowley, A recent government review of our defence policy pointed out the need to reorganize the Canadian Armed Forces. It is with regret that I must inform you that one of the decisions taken was to reduce The Regiment of Canadian Guards to nil strength and transfer it to the Supplementary Order of Battle.
Thus it is that the last surviving component of our Regiment is to be removed from the sight of Man.
There is no purpose, really, in reviewing the story of the Regiment since it was born on October 16th, 1953 for an expressed purpose that it is known to all who served in it. The record of the Regiment at home and abroad has been excellent. Its public image, achieved by the tireless efforts of all ranks in the tiresome performance of Public Duties is one of which every member, of every rank, can be very proud. To the hundreds of thousands of tourists, especially American tourists, the Public Duties detachment in Ottawa each summer was the biggest thrill of their vacation. The Regiment is proud that annually, for a decade, it gave to the National Capital a 'dash of colour' in an otherwise rather drab age. More important, the Regiment is glad that it has served Canada as part of its NATO force in Germany, as part of its peacekeeping efforts in Cyprus and on garrison duties in Korea; in each case with cheerful efficiency. By being the only Canadian unit in NATO ever to win the Prix Leclerc. Its international record is equally good.
Every Guardsman, when the dismissal parade comes sometime before 1 July, 1970 will know that during his service in the Regiment he helped maintain a unit that was "worthy of its hire". That, after all, is all that matters.
In his concluding paragraph the Minister of National Defence stated to the Colonel of the Regiment:
Should the Regular element of the Canadian Forces expand sometime in the future, the Regiment might again be invited to serve Canada.
As to the members of The Regiment of Canadian Guards, they on remustering, will continue to serve Canada as individuals, no matter what badge they wear. Like the betrayed heroes of Thermopylae, they will be entitled to say:
Tell them in Sparta . . . That We Obeyed Our Orders.
The first duty of the Regiment of Canadian Guards is to guard the Queen of Canada or Her representatives. Subject to this, the Regiment must be prepared to perform all duties that which might be required of any other regiment of Infantry.
The Canadian Guards is a young regiment. Other regiments are rightly proud of their long history, but youth is not a thing to be ashamed of. The traditions of the past are undoubtedly an inspiration to the soldiers of today, but a long history alone does not imply efficiency, and efficiency is all that matters. The efficiency of a regiment should be judged by its exploits in battle and, in peace, by its fitness for war. Until war comes, let The Canadian Guards, by their fitness for war, prove that, young or old, they are second to none.
How can this be done. Only by setting perfection as the standard and by a stubborn determination to strive to the upmost of our ability to reach and maintain that standard.
M. P. BOGERT, Brigadier
Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario. 19th October, 1955
In the past eight years, The Regiment of Canadian Guards has gained for itself an enviable reputation of which it can be justifiably proud. In all types of training, the Regiment has shown what can be done by effective leadership and outstanding discipline. On parade and off parade, in barracks and out of barracks in every activity of service life, our records stand as a fitting tribute to those officers and NCO's who in 1953, took up the challenge of organizing and laying the foundation for this, our Regiment.
The tradition we are building is a fine one - we of the Canadian Guards, accept no standard that is less than perfection. Whether we are employed with the Regiment or whether we serve elsewhere, our individual efforts are subject to continuous and unrestricted scrutiny. For we have been quick to achieve high standards and these are expected of us at all times. The Army looks to us to provide the image of military perfection.
Let us make sure that our individual efforts will represent the best
that we are capable of giving.
Colonel, The Canadian Guards
Ottawa, Ontario, 30th November, 1961
It has been some five years since Major-General J.D.B. Smith was appointed Colonel of the Regiment and wrote a foreword to these Standing Orders. Much water has passed under the bridge since November 1961. It seems appropriate therefore that on assuming the appointment of Colonel of the Regiment I should prepare a foreword to the newly amended Regimental Standing Orders.
The Regiment continues to maintain and enhance the fine reputation is has established over the years. In particular, we may all be justifiably proud of the operational duties performed by both battalions during their tours in Cyprus. The qualities of leadership, discipline, devotion to duty, and professional ability displayed by the battalions have been noted in letters of commendation from the various commanders whom they served. These and other missions undertaken by the Regiment remain a fine tribute to the officers, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and guardsmen of the Regiment, both retired and presently serving.
For the future we must always be conscious of the goal that this Regiment has set itself, namely, attaining the highest standard of military proficiency to which human endeavour can aspire. In working towards this goal we must maintain a fine balance between courage, physical and mental durability, courtesy, justice, integrity and ambition.
We, perhaps more than any other Regiment, must never forget that we are under direct and continued public scrutiny. It therefore behooves us to govern our actions so that we will always be a credit to the Queen our Colonel-in-Chief, our country and the Regiment.
Let us then move forward with resolution and vigour towards the
attainment of our goal. Let us at the same time increase our capacity
to serve our country at all times and in all places, without
restraint or reservation.
Colonel, The Canadian Guards
Canadian Forces Headquarters Ottawa, January 1967
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