Honouring our heros
St. Lawrence ceremony among those held across the country to recognize Afghanistan vets
Many a tear was shed as the National Day of Honour was held in St. Lawrence May 9.
The gymnasium at St. Lawrence Academy was filled with students and teachers, as well as representatives of numerous service groups and organizations from around the region.
The new event recognizes the contributions made by some 40,000 veterans of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.
Lieutenant-Commander Harry Edwards acknowledged, “It is with great respect, honour and gratitude that I have this opportunity to thank our military personnel from St. Lawrence and Little St. Lawrence who served in Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.
“Our very own 13 heros have certainly done their families, community, province and the great country of Canada very proud. We must continue to show our love and support as they have now returned to their family and friends. We must never lose sight of their sacrifices on our behalf.”
Following the service, Corporal Jacqueline Molloy and the RCMP led a procession from the school to the Pte. Kevin Kennedy Memorial where a wreath-laying ceremony was held and 158 balloons – one for each solder killed in Afghanistan – were released into the sky.
Private Kevin Kennedy, a St. Lawrence native, was one of six Canadian soldiers killed in a roadside bomb attack in southern Afghanistan on Apr. 8. 2007.
A procession made its way from the school to the Pte. Kevin Kennedy Memorial after the service marking the National Day of Honour at the St. Lawrence Academy May 9.
A balloon for each of the soldiers killed in Afghanistan, 158 in all, filled the sky over the Pte. Kevin Kennedy Memorial.
The St. Lawrence Academy Choir, led by Anna Grandy, sang “Jesus, Brother to Us All” during the ceremony.
Members of Burin’s Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 29, saluted after laying a wreath.
Corporal Jacqueline Molloy read a letter from her brother, Sergeant William Molloy, and Lieutenant Harry Little.
Gail Slaney laid a wreath on behalf of the Kennedy family at the Pte. Kevin Kennedy Memorial.