The Duchesne and Mercier families wish to thank Canadians

    MONTREAL, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The families of Master Corporal
Christian Duchesne and Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier, killed in
Afghanistan last Wednesday, wish to thank the Canadian population for the
incredible show of support during the repatriation in Trenton on August 26.
    Veterans, ambulance workers, firefighters, police officers and citizens
alike were present to pay their last respects to the fallen soldiers. A crowd
of thousands gathered along the road separating Trenton airport from Toronto
to salute the passing procession. Many were even perched on overpasses or
parked alongside of highway 401.
    The Duchesne and Mercier families were deeply touched by this spectacular
demonstration of support.
    Christian and Mario's families would like to emphasize the sacrifice of
all Canadian soldiers deceased during foreign country mission. They gave their
lives to allow others to hope for a brighter future.
    From the Duchesne and Mercier family, sincere thanks and keep supporting
your troops.

    Note to editors:

    Land Force Quebec Area and Joint Task Force (East) Headquarter publishes
this statement to the media at the family's request.

For further information:

For further information: Captain Marie-Noelle Blanchet, Public affairs
officer, Land Forces, Quebec Area, (514) 252-2777 ext. 4280, page: (514)

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