Royal Canadian Air Force Commander’s video message on the occasion of the National Day of Honour of 9 May

Video / May 9, 2014


“For twelve years, Canadians served with honour in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. On this National Day of Honour, it is important for us to remember.

We remember our brothers and sisters in arms who paid with their lives. We remember those who were wounded and those who will carry scars for the rest of their lives. We will hold them in our memories forever and honour them.

There were tremendous challenges in Afghanistan. But the members of the Royal Canadian Air Force were always ready to respond and never let any obstacle stand in their way. I am tremendously proud of our airmen and airwomen and their role in the success of the mission.

It was an extraordinary experience – one that made us an even more integrated air force, ready to respond to the missions of today and the future.

And much of the success during this challenging mission is a result of the unconditional support provided by their families and all Canadians. Believe me when I say that this unwavering support truly made a world of difference to our members and their service.

I join all Canadians in expressing my gratitude to all those who served in the Afghanistan mission.

Thank you…”

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