Government of Canada Commemorates Canadian Armed Forces With National Day of Honour

May 08, 2014

RED DEER – With the completion of the Afghanistan mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper made May 9th a National Day of Honour to commemorate the valour, strength and sacrifices of the more than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members who served in Afghanistan.

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, 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.

“Our men and women in uniform represent the very best our country has to offer,” said Earl Dreeshen, MP for Red Deer. “Over the last 12 years the brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces fought and served this country valiantly in Afghanistan to defeat terrorism and to promote security and development so that Afghans can build a viable, stable, and secure country.”

“Sadly, this service was not without loss,” continued Dreeshen, “as Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice for these goals and many others were injured carrying out their duties. Their collective sacrifices represent another chapter in Canada’s long and proud history of fighting for a safer, better world for everyone. Canadians are forever proud and grateful.”

The National Day of Honour is being commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade that will begin at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill. 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 have proudly passed 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.