National Day of Honour

Canadians were invited to take part in the National Day of Honour on May 9. The Government of Canada set aside this day to mark the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan. A national ceremony on Parliament Hill paid tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families. Canadians were invited to honour the legacy of these heroes with a national moment of silence.

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A poem I wrote during Afghanistan war:

Highway of Heroes People gather on the overpasses,
To watch for their heroes,
As this is their last,
Trip on the road,
Named for their pass.
A soldiers life was meant to be,
On the line for you and me.
To every village, city and town,
To every hamlet all around,
Their bodies return to the ground.
They went to war to fight for us.
Our respect for them is a given must.
They gave everything asked nothing back.
We should ensure theirs never lack.
Their duties they did for humanity,
So we could live happy and free.
Their memories should always be,
Kept alive by you and me.
Albert Davis, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

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Brigadier-General Omer Lavoie, commander of the Canadian Army's 4th Division, remarks on the courage, professionalism and dedication of the soldiers who served with him in Afghanistan.

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Royal Proclamation

The Prime Minister of Canada declared May 9, 2014, the National Day of Honour to recognise the important work done by our Forces' members.

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Afghanistan Relay

A team of ill and injured carried the last Canadian flag to fly in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the National Day of Honour event.

Afghanistan Memorial Vigil

We honour the courage and devotion of brave men and women who made the supreme sacrifice. Learn more about the memorial built for our fallen by their comrades-in-arms.

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National Day of Honour Activities

People across Canada planned a day to remember and honour those who died, as well as to give thanks for the sacrifices of those who came back from serving their country. Get more information on the plans for May 9, 2014.

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