Mark­ing the end of Canada’s mis­sion in Afghanista­n

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION -

To the edi­tor: Canada’s flag was low­ered in Kabul this month, draw­ing Canada’s mil­i­tary mis­sion in Afghanista­n to a close as our troops be­gan their fi­nal jour­ney home.

All Cana­di­ans ex­tend our ap­pre­ci­a­tion and thanks to the brave women and men of the Cana­dian Armed Forces and the RMCP, as well as the pub­lic ser­vants and civil­ians who served valiantly in Afghanista­n. We also owe a great debt of grat­i­tude to the fam­i­lies who sup­ported their loved ones dur­ing de­ploy­ments.

All those who served have made enor­mous sac­ri­fices dur­ing Canada’s largest mil­i­tary de­ploy­ment since the Sec­ond World War. Cana­dian women and men car­ried out their du­ties with the ut­most pro­fes­sion­al­ism and distinc­tion. We are im­mensely proud and grate­ful of their ser­vice to en­hance peace, sta­bil­ity, and hope in a trou­bled re­gion of the world.

Most im­por­tantly, we re­mem­ber those in­di­vid­u­als—both mil­i­tary and civil­ian— who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice dur­ing the mis­sion. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the fam­i­lies and loved ones of the 158 Cana­dian soldiers, civil­ian con­sul­tants, diplo­mat, and a jour­nal­ist who lost their lives in the line of duty. We also re­mem­ber those who were in­jured and will for­ever bear the scars, phys­i­cal and in­vis­i­ble, of their ser­vice.

While Canada’s mis­sion may have ended, our re­spon­si­bil­i­ties do not. As a coun­try, we must take the best pos­si­ble care of all those who have re­turned from Afghanista­n.

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