Today marks the National Day of Honour to recognize our heroes who served in the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan.
The 40,000 soldiers who fought, and 158 who fell, will be honoured at a ceremony at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
During the 12-year mission, the Durham Regional Police Service had eight members go to Afghanistan on international peacekeeping operations. Staff Sergeant Jim Griepsma, Detective Andre Wyatt, Detective Constables Martin Franssen and Matt Parro, Constables Brad Dunlop, Clay Harnum and Chris MacDonald and retired Sergeant Paul Wassil served on year-long missions overseas.
At 1:30 p.m., in recognition of the sacrifices made by our men and women, the nation will be taking part in two minutes of silence. Show your support by observing this moment, wherever you may be.
We would like to express our heart-felt gratitude for their sacrifice.
National Day of Honour
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Det. Wyatt hands out some candy to local kids during his time in Afghanistan (JPG file, 55.5K bytes)
S/Sgt/ Griepsma delivers supplies in Herat Afghanistan (JPG file, 1,123.6K bytes)