Soldier On Afghanistan Relay
The Soldier On Afghanistan Relay for the ill and injured personnel is symbolic of the resolve of Canadians to persevere over hardship. The relay is also a symbol of the strength of our Canadian Armed Forces and of our supporting communities.
A team of 19 personnel from Soldier On carried the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan in a specially-built baton. For our soldiers who risk their lives, the flag represents pride and commitment.
The relay team ran through communities between Trenton and Ottawa. The six day relay, which took place from May 4 to 9, was completed by 19 individuals who were injured in Afghanistan (16 Canadian Armed Forces members, 2 Royal Canadian Mounted Police Officers and 1 employee from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development).
- Day 1 – Canadian Forces Base Trenton to Napanee (Route 2)
- Day 2 – Napanee to Kingston (Route 2)
- Day 3 – Canadian Forces Base Kingston to Perth (Route 10)
- Day 4 – Perth to Kanata (Route 10)
- Day 5 – Kanata to Gatineau City Hall and Ottawa City Hall
- Day 6 – National Day of Honour Parade on Parliament Hill
At their arrival on Parliament Hill, on May 9, 2014 for the National Day of Honour, the team passed the baton to the last Task Force Commander who presented it to the Chief of Defence Staff, who then presented the baton to the Prime Minister of Canada.
Canadians and visitors will be able to take a closer look at the baton this fall when it will be placed in the Hall of Honour in the Centre Block on Parliament Hill.
For more information on Soldier On: www.SoldierOn.ca