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Fallen Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan honoured at Kandahar Cenotaph today

Fallen Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan honoured today

Today, the Canadian Armed Forces paid tribute to Canada’s Fallen in Afghanistan during a rededication ceremony of the Kandahar Cenotaph.

The ceremony gave family and friends to commemorate the legacy and sacrifices of those they lost.

It was also an occasion to honour the bravery and sacrifice made by Canadian civilians who contributed to the Afghanistan mission, and American military members who served under Canadian command.

<who>Photo credit: Jay Rankin, Army Public Affairs.

Senior military and departmental leadership, wounded soldiers and Veterans from units, headquarters, and formations in which the fallen soldiers served, and Canadian journalists who reported during the war also attended the ceremony.

A number of VIPs were present to pay tribute, including Governor General Julie Payette, Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Jody Thomas, Deputy Minister of National Defence, General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff, and Anita Cenerini, the 2018 National Silver Cross mother.

“The Afghanistan Memorial Hall stands as a tribute to those who gave their lives in service to their country during our mission in Afghanistan,” said Sajjan.

“Today, we honour and remember those fallen in Afghanistan and their family and friends. We will always remember their strength, courage and sacrifice. They will never be forgotten.”

<who>Photo credit: Jay Rankin, Army Public Affairs.

Canada’s military engagement in Afghanistan came at a significant cost.

According to the Government of Canada, 158 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, a Canadian diplomat, a DND contractor, a Canadian journalist, and 42 U.S. armed forces members and one civilian who were under Canadian command were killed during the military engagement in Afghanistan.

The Kandahar Cenotaph was created by members of the Canadian Armed Forces as a battlefield memorial. It is housed in the newly constructed Afghanistan Memorial Hall at the National Defence Headquarters in Ontario.

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