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National Day of Honour - 9 May 2014

From the website of the Canadian Forces:

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.

The Prime Minister announced on 18 March 2014 that the National Day of Honour would be held May 9th. The official notice from the Prime Minister's website read:

The Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and to recognizing and supporting the friends and families of the fallen. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, in recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation.

The Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and to recognizing and supporting the friends and families of the fallen. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, in recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation.

The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the CanadianWarMuseum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill. On that day, a moment of silence will be held across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

In addition, from May 4 to 9, Canadians injured in Afghanistan will proudly pass the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the Afghanistan Commemoration Parade in Ottawa, in a relay of six cities in six days. The flag will then be presented to the Prime Minister.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, constructed by our troops in Kandahar and repatriated to Canada, will also commemorate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the men and women during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and will recognize the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. The Vigil will be on display in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill during the parade.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in events marking the National Day of Honour. Further information, educational materials for students, and an interactive learning centre will be available on Canada.ca in the coming weeks.

- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/03/18/national-day-honour#sthash.K9efzClx.dpuf
The Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and to recognizing and supporting the friends and families of the fallen. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, in recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation.

The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the CanadianWarMuseum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill. On that day, a moment of silence will be held across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

In addition, from May 4 to 9, Canadians injured in Afghanistan will proudly pass the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the Afghanistan Commemoration Parade in Ottawa, in a relay of six cities in six days. The flag will then be presented to the Prime Minister.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, constructed by our troops in Kandahar and repatriated to Canada, will also commemorate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the men and women during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and will recognize the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. The Vigil will be on display in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill during the parade.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in events marking the National Day of Honour. Further information, educational materials for students, and an interactive learning centre will be available on Canada.ca in the coming weeks.

- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/03/18/national-day-honour#sthash.K9efzClx.dpuf
 Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and to recognizing and supporting the friends and families of the fallen. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, in recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation.

The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the CanadianWarMuseum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill. On that day, a moment of silence will be held across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

In addition, from May 4 to 9, Canadians injured in Afghanistan will proudly pass the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the Afghanistan Commemoration Parade in Ottawa, in a relay of six cities in six days. The flag will then be presented to the Prime Minister.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, constructed by our troops in Kandahar and repatriated to Canada, will also commemorate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the men and women during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and will recognize the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. The Vigil will be on display in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill during the parade.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in events marking the National Day of Honour. Further information, educational materials for students, and an interactive learning centre will be available on Canada.ca in the coming weeks.

- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/03/18/national-day-honour#sthash.K9efzClx.dpuf
The Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and to recognizing and supporting the friends and families of the fallen. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, in recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation.

The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the CanadianWarMuseum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill. On that day, a moment of silence will be held across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

In addition, from May 4 to 9, Canadians injured in Afghanistan will proudly pass the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the Afghanistan Commemoration Parade in Ottawa, in a relay of six cities in six days. The flag will then be presented to the Prime Minister.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, constructed by our troops in Kandahar and repatriated to Canada, will also commemorate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the men and women during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and will recognize the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. The Vigil will be on display in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill during the parade.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in events marking the National Day of Honour. Further information, educational materials for students, and an interactive learning centre will be available on Canada.ca in the coming weeks.

- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/03/18/national-day-honour#sthash.K9efzClx.dpuf
The Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the strength and the sacrifices made by members of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, and to recognizing and supporting the friends and families of the fallen. To this end, on March 18, 2014, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that, in recognition and commemoration of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a “National Day of Honour” by Royal Proclamation.

The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the CanadianWarMuseum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill. On that day, a moment of silence will be held across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

In addition, from May 4 to 9, Canadians injured in Afghanistan will proudly pass the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the Afghanistan Commemoration Parade in Ottawa, in a relay of six cities in six days. The flag will then be presented to the Prime Minister.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, constructed by our troops in Kandahar and repatriated to Canada, will also commemorate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the men and women during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and will recognize the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. The Vigil will be on display in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill during the parade.

Canadians are encouraged to participate in events marking the National Day of Honour. Further information, educational materials for students, and an interactive learning centre will be available on Canada.ca in the coming weeks.

- See more at: http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/03/18/national-day-honour#sthash.K9efzClx.dpuf

On Wednesday, 7 May 2014, the Regiment marked the occasion with a brief ceremony at Mewata Armouries. Major Beauchamp, the Operations Officer and a veteran of operations in Afghanistan, gave a short address to a unit parade, a piper from the Regimental Pipes and Drums played the regimental lament "Flowers of the Forest" and a moment of silence was held. A bugler from the Regimental Pipes and Drums then played reveille.

On Friday, 9 May 2014, Sergeant D. ter Kuile and Corporal A. Clark attended the national commemoration in Ottawa, which included a parade at Parliament Hill and service of remembrance at the National War Memorial.


Photos courtesy D. ter Kuile


Photo originally appeared in the National Post


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