Remembrance Day Ceremony In Afghanistan
as originally published by CBC in 2009.
In Afghanistan, the Canadian Forces marked the occasion with a traditional Remembrance Day ceremony led by outgoing commander Brig.-Gen. Jonathan Vance. A soldier touches a wall with the names of fallen comrades on Remembrance Day in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Jonathan Montpetit/Canadian Press)Defence Minister Peter MacKay, Industry Minister Tony Clement and Senator Pamela Wallin attended, as did the loved ones of seven Canadian soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan. They joined Kandahar’s governor and some military commanders to lay wreaths in remembrance. MacKay presented a Canadian Sacrifice Medal – the first awarded in Afghanistan – to Sgt. Vince Adams. Adams was wounded in 2006 in the Zhari district of the province of Kandahar when his body was pierced by metal that exploded out of a suicide bomb. After a long recovery, Adams returned to Afghanistan this year to finish his tour. Now he is instructing soldiers on ways of detecting and avoiding roadside bombs.