Hon­our­ing our heros

St. Lawrence cer­e­mony among those held across the coun­try to rec­og­nize Afghanista­n vets

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS - BY CYN­THIA FAR­RELL SPE­CIAL TO THE SOUTH­ERN GAZETTE

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.

Cyn­thia Far­rell Pho­tos

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.

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