National Day of Honour Activities
In recognition and commemoration of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 was declared a "National Day of Honour" by Royal Proclamation. A National Ceremony occurred on Parliament Hill with Veterans of all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces and families. This was an occasion to pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded and the special burden borne by military families.
National Day of Honour Parade
Men and women from various units who served in Afghanistan participated in the parade. Veterans and civilians that have been involved in protecting our interests and defending freedom around the world were also involved in the National Day of Honour Parade.
Following the parade, a single gun shot signalled two minutes of national silence at 1:30 p.m. EDT to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.
A large number of youth also attended the National Day of Honour and engaged in this important day. In addition, a Youth Remember Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan online learning feature and further material for educators and youth organizations is available at Youth Remember: educational resources.