WATCH ABOVE: Former U.S. Marine pays tribute by guarding National War Memorial
EDITOR’S NOTE: A previous version of this article indicated Major R.E.G. Sinke was claiming to be a former U.S. Marine. Global News has since confirmed that Major Sinke is a decorated former U.S. Marine who served in Vietnam. He currently lives on a farm in Ontario.
TORONTO – A former U.S. Marine stood guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Friday to pay tribute to Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a reservist from Hamilton, Ont. who was shot dead while guarding the monument last week.
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“That young corporal was a comrade in arms,” said the man, who identified himself as Major R.E.G. “Fox” Sinke.
“That’s how I see it. So I’m paying tribute to him, as best I can. We are not intimidated. Take your best shot.”
Sinke was wearing a Marine uniform as he marched around the National War Memorial.
“There are those of us who understand what’s happening and we’re not gonna lie down for it,” he said. “Not gonna happen. That’s basically why I’m here. I’m just here to make my own little personal damn statement.”
READ MORE: Cpl. Nathan Cirillo laid to rest in Hamilton