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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Kevin Vickers: standing on guard for thee.

Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers/Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld

God bless Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, defender of Parliament, defender of order and good government.

When the islamist terrorist Michael Zehaf-Bibeau sought to unsettle our national government, a man stepped up and ended the threat with decisive force.

Our country owes the Sergeant-at-Arms a great debt of gratitude and respect for defending our elected representatives. He might be the last one to call himself a hero. Nevertheless, Kevin Vickers' bravery represents what is best about Canada and Canadians.

Kevin Vickers: a real sergeant-at-arms.
The word sergeant is derived from the Latin serviens, which means "servant". Other sources have the word originating from Medieval vulgar "Serra Gente" meaning the veteran foot soldier equipped with a long pike who would march on the sides of the infantry company, keeping the men in tight ranks.
The sergeant-at-arms carries the mace, the symbol of the authority of the House, in the daily parade into the House of Commons chamber.—Wikipedia.

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