National Day of Honour Commemorating the End of Canada’s Military Commitment in Afghanistan
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LOCAL EVENT AT TRENTON
8 WING/CFB TRENTON – The men and women of 8 Wing/CFB Trenton and the City of Quinte West join the rest of Canada in commemorating the National Day of Honour on May 9th, which has been declared by the Government of Canada to mark the end of our country’s military mission in Afghanistan.
There will be two major events in Quinte West, which will be held at the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial (ARM) in Bain Park, Trenton, Ont. The first event is the start of the ‘Soldier On Afghanistan Commemoration Relay’ on May 4th at 9:00 a.m. and culminating with the parade on May 9th at 1 p.m., with a moment of silence at 1:30 p.m., which coincides with the event at the National Capital Region.
These events at the ARM express our appreciation of the support to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) provided by Canadians throughout the military mission in Afghanistan.
Members of the local communities are invited to take part in these events to commemorate the National Day of Honour. The events will also pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded, and the special burden borne by families.
Starting at 8 Wing/CFB Trenton as the primary point of return for CAF deployed personnel, the ‘Soldier On Afghanistan Commemoration Relay’ will pay respect to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice and traveled down the Highway of Heroes. This relay of the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan, which will be passed from an injured member to another, symbolizes resiliency, courage, and perseverance. The relay will travel from Quinte West to Kingston and further onto Ottawa.
As the hub of air transport operations, 8 Wing is involved in virtually every CAF operation. Most personnel and equipment deployed to any destination within Canada or around the world pass through Trenton at some point.