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Prime Minister's statement on National Day of Honour

Saturday, May 10, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

OFFICE OF THE
PRIME MINISTER
OF CANADA

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Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the National Day of Honour

Prime Minister Stephen Harper yesterday issued the following statement after participating in events marking the National Day of Honour, which commemorated and recognized Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan:

Throughout our history, Canadians have fought tyranny and evil around the world because it was the right thing to do.

Much has changed since the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Towers on 9/11.

In response to those attacks, which killed thousands of civilians including 24 Canadians, the Government of Canada stood steadfast beside our Allies and responded swiftly to these deadly acts of terrorism.

For the last 12 years, more than 40,000 brave men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, along with hundreds of courageous Canadian civilians, have fought to help Afghans make their country a more stable, secure and self-reliant place to live, free from the yoke of terrorists and oppressors.

Our Canadian Armed Forces fought extremely well in Kandahar, arguably the most dangerous province in Afghanistan.

The ingenuity, spirit and strength of our men and women has made a difference in one of the most violent and dangerous parts of the world.

Their accomplishments and attributes have given Afghans the opportunity to build on the work of these brave Canadians in order to build a better life for themselves.

Their contributions are celebrated by Afghans, by our Allies, and of course by Canadians here at home.

Too often in the past our Armed Forces have returned to Canada from their trials with little fanfare. Not so today.

Canadians across the country came out in force, united in appreciation, to honour the bravery, heroism, strength and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom and security in Afghanistan.

The entire country watched with tremendous pride as the Veterans of this mission marched in the Commemoration Parade.

We honoured those wounded by lining up in communities throughout Ontario and in Gatineau, Quebec, to watch the Soldier On Afghanistan Relay, and we were somber during the two minutes of silence marking a special tribute to the fallen and their families.

I had the honour of paying tribute to the Families of the Fallen in a private ceremony and to hear first-hand how these remarkable individuals touched their families, friends and the entire country.

When the last Canadian flag that flew at NATO’s International Security Assistance Force headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, was handed to me, it was a deeply emotional moment.

It reminded me of the blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice that Canadians had endured to make Afghanistan a better place; a place where a little girl could go to school, a place where a mother might have medicine for her child, and a place where a woman could vote.

Most importantly, the entire day, with its outpouring of love and affection for our troops, reminded me that a loving and proud nation was welcoming its military home, with open arms, after a job so well done.

To ensure that their contributions are forever in the hearts and minds of Canadians, our Government recently announced that we will create a national memorial to those who served in Afghanistan, in addition to making a new inscription to commemorate the mission onto our existing National War Memorial.

We will also be renaming ‘La Promenade Building’ in Ottawa to ‘The Valour Building’ in honour of their strength and service. I am also pleased to be announcing today that eligible units of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force and the Canadian Special Operations Forces who played key roles in Afghanistan have been bestowed with the Arabian Sea or the Afghanistan Theatre Honour.

It is a testimony to the national effort that characterized this mission that every major Canadian Army regular and reserve infantry and armoured regiment that sent soldiers to Afghanistan has been awarded the Afghanistan Theatre Honour.

As they have done in so many previous conflicts, all of these units have defended Canada and served their country and fellow citizens well.

God Bless the Canadian Armed Forces and their families and keep them safe.

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I'm In 5/10/2014 7:30:49 PM Report

Well I lost a third cousin in Afganastan, I know that was the profession he picked and was dedicated to the tasks at hand but these PC's could give a rats ass about the families this cousin left behind.
freedom1 5/11/2014 6:42:37 AM Report

The interests of the government are not the same interests of the people. We actually have more similar interests with the people we are fighting than with our own government. The government says oh there is a tyrant that has to be stopped. Well in between doing nothing and going to war, there is a thousand other options we can do, and the people we go and kill are actually the victims of the so called tyrant. They say its human nature to go to war. Well if that was the case they wouldn't have to draft or recruit people for the war. When is the last time we went to war with any white people? That would be Germany and only because they were cutting in on our action. War is old rich white guys sending lower and middle class people off to die. The owners of this country don't care about the poor. They have a special club and your not in it. Read General Smedley Butler "war is a racket". First rule is don't believe anything the government tells you.
MYPOINT 5/11/2014 8:31:55 AM Report

is as follows ...

Firstly, I wish to thank all of the military ( and others ) who went to restore some sort of civility in Afghanistan. Like most other Canadians, I am very proud of the work you have done overseas.

Secondly, I wish to state here and now that our Federal Government is full of BS when it comes to them saying they appreciate all of the very difficult work these soldiers ( and others ) did in this latest war. If the Government was serious when it made those remarks about how proud they are of our Canadian Forces, why is it that many, many, wounded military have been 'shoved aside' or 'forced to retire ' simply because they are suffering some sort of wound ( mental or otherwise )? And please do not bother to say that this is not happening because we all know it IS definitely happening no matter what they PR people from the Government are trying to spin.

Finally, I think that the Government could and definitely should immediately show a hell of a lot more compassion for ALL of these wounded soldiers who put their lives on the line for our Country.

As always, your views may differ :)
freedom1 5/12/2014 6:00:53 AM Report

they say "they gave their life for their country" is a double lie. Their life was taken from them and it wasn't for their country it was for their government.
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