OTTAWA, May 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Julian Fantino,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, issued the following statement in
recognition of the National Day of Honour, marking the end of the
Canadian mission in Afghanistan.
"As Canadians, we can look back on our contributions and achievements in
Afghanistan with tremendous pride, knowing that we have helped make a
difference in the lives of many people.
"We also know that these achievements have been hard won. We will
forever remember the courage and valour of our Canadian Armed Forces
members, and especially the loss of those who made the ultimate
sacrifice in service to our country.
"The determination, courage and devotion of our military members has not
gone unnoticed and has garnered international respect for
Canada—instilling in Canadians a sense of national pride that unites us
"I encourage everyone to take time today to pause and reflect on the
peace and freedoms that we hold so dear, and to thank from the bottom
of their hearts our Canadian Armed Forces members, both past and
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SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada