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5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Sun Jan 03, 2010 11:45 pm

5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Today, 4 Canadian Soldiers and a reporter from Calgary have been repatriated after being killed in an IED attack in Afghanistan. Canada has been in Afghanistan since 2002 and has lost 138 soldiers in ambush attacks, accidents and IED incidents.

Canada has been fighting in one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan. While public support for our deployment has been wavering, every Canadian should be proud of the contributions our Armed Forces have made.

Canada is often viewed as a peacekeeping nation but we have made significant contributions in Korea, World War 2, the Former Yugoslavia and in Afghanistan. Too often the US and international media forget the Canadian contribution to the "war on terror".

Their ultimate sacrifice will not be forgotten. May they rest in peace.

This youtube video speaks about our "Highway of Heroes" . The overpasses and bridges were packed again today despite the frigid temperatures.

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RE: 5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Mon Jan 04, 2010 12:50 am

God Bless them, I've seen far too many young men come home from these wars, we must never forget!

It is amazing to see the amount of people turn out in Canada for their fallen, amazing.
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RE: 5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Mon Jan 04, 2010 4:14 am

What a unique way to pay tribute to the Canadian casualties. Very stirring. It never ends it seems, generation after generation.
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Mon Jan 04, 2010 1:46 pm

We have now reached a toll of 138 KIA in Afghanistan since 2002. The number of wounded, either serious or minor, is a little more difficult to determine, since I don't believe DND release those numbers, but I have seen estimates of about 1,000. The latest returned dead included a journalist (Michelle Lang) who was the first journalist killed in the line.

Sadly, the toll will continue to mount. Current planning is to end the combat ops in summer 2011, but frankly I don't see that happening prior to the US wind down.
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Mon Jan 04, 2010 3:57 pm

Forgot to note that I knew one of the deceased, Sapper Sean Greenfield, 25 when killed by an IED near Kandahar. I coached him at minor hockey one year in Pinawa, Manitoba, in the mid-90s. His father Keith still works for the same employer as myself.

Somehow the smaller tragedy seems for me to get in the way of the larger one.

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RE: 5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Mon Jan 04, 2010 9:42 pm

May God bless their souls..

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RE: 5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:12 pm

I shed tears this past weekend. Those men were true heroes of our generation.

I would like to highlight a statement made by Sgt. Kirk Taylor:

I believe that the mission in Afghanistan is vital for us not only as Canadians but as human beings, what we are doing is trying to help Afghans develop solutions to Afghan problems and to help them help themselves. [...] Build today for a better tomorrow. This will not be accomplished overnight, but neither was Rome built in a day.

It is great men like these that make me proud to be Canadian.

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RE: 5 Brave Canadians Come Home.

Mon Jan 04, 2010 10:31 pm

I have also heard 4 American troops under Canadian operational command were killed (today I believe) near Kandahar by IED.

A tragic country, Afghanistan, for sure.
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