Canadians honour war dead


About 500 Canadian soldiers marked Remembrance Day on Saturday morning with a poignant ceremony in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

They gathered on the parade square at National Command Headquarters in front of a grey stone cenotaph bearing the names and photographs of Canadians who have been killed in Afghanistan.

Many taking part in the ceremony in Kandahar have seen front-line combat in the campaign against Taliban insurgents.Many taking part in the ceremony in Kandahar have seen front-line combat in the campaign against Taliban insurgents.

A lone bugle played the Last Post before those in attendance observed two minutes of silence.

A smaller ceremony was held in the Panjwaii area of southern Afghanistan. About 100 Canadian soldiers laid a wreath at a wooden cross to honour 42 colleagues who have died in the wartorn country since 2002. Some soldiers wept as they knelt before the cross.

At Bagram air base north of the Afghan capital Kabul, American forces held a Veterans Day ceremony to remember their war dead.

“Our veterans’ time was historic and we honour them,” said U.S. Maj.-Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley. “Our time, your time, will be just as historic and the nation honours you.”

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