Family Statement - The Dion family wishes to share this message



    GATINEAU, QC, Dec. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The family of private Jonathan Dion
killed in service in Afghanistan on December the 30th 2007, wishes to make
public the following declaration:

    It is never easy for parents to lose a child. We are devastated by the
death of Jonathan who, with dignity, gave up his life serving his country with
honour and pride alongside his brothers in arms in Afghanistan. We are
extremely proud of our son and of what he accomplished during his life
including his career in the Canadian Armed Forces. It will be his distinctive
smile and his joie de vivre which will remain in our minds as we think of him.
He loved being a soldier and loved being in the company of brothers and
sisters in arms.
    Jonathan had found his rightful place in the Canadian Forces. He was
maturing rapidly and showed that he was living life to the fullest and was
developing his full potential. He was an example to all of his family and he
was a great brother. Since he passionately believed in his mission in
Afghanistan we supported him when he volunteered for this mission. Quite
recently he was telling us he would like to return should there be a second
tour.
    Jonathan lived the major part of his life in the city of Gatineau. He
loved his city, his small part of the country, and his neighbourhood. He
wanted more than anything else to make a difference in the world around him.
He died doing what he loved best, to be a soldier and serve his country.

    The Dion family wishes that the Medias respect their privacy during this
period of deep mourning. They are not presently available for press
interviews. Information concerning the repatriation, funeral service and the
participation of the Medias will be made known later when the details will be
known.




For further information:

For further information: Lieutenant Marcel Larocque, Public affairs
representative, (613) 818-6485

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