PMO Announces Plans of Day to Honour Canada’s Role in Afghan War

Prime Minister’s Office has announced that athlete Rick Hansen will host the multimillion-dollar National Day of Honour May 9 to commemorate they country’s sacrifice and contribution to the war in Afghanistan. Although the focus of the celebrations will be Parliament Hill, other cities across Canada are encouraged to hold their own ceremonies.

According to the details provided by the PMO, the May 9 event will commence with a parade from the Canadian War Museum to Parliament Hill, followed by two minutes of silence, a fly-by salute and public viewing of the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil in Centre Block’s Hall of Honour. Families of Canadians who died in Afghanistan are being invited to attend, and their travel bills will be covered. In addition to that, the announcement added that representatives from Canadian military units who served in Afghanistan are also invited. It was mentioned that “over the course of 12 years in Afghanistan more than 40,000 members of the Canadian Armed Forces served there, fighting insurgents, along with hundreds of Canadian civilians who worked on development projects.”

The Prime Minister’s Office said that Canadians “worked to defeat terrorism and give Afghans a chance at a better future” and for that “Canada played a central role in Afghanistan for more than a decade.” Mr. Harper alleged that “with Canada’s help, thousands of members of the Afghan National Security Forces have been trained, hundreds of kilometres of roads have been built or repaired, dozens of schools have been restored, thousands of teachers trained, and millions of children have been vaccinated against diseases like polio.”

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