Some flags lowered as final Canadians leave Afghanistan

A Canadian flag patch is seen inside a hangar after 22 Canadian Forces soldiers arrived from...

A Canadian flag patch is seen inside a hangar after 22 Canadian Forces soldiers arrived from Afghanistan at Shell Aerocentre in Leduc, Alta., on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. Ian Kucerak/QMI Agency

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, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

EDMONTON — Flags will be lowered to half-mast in some parts of the country to honour Canada's commitment in Afghanistan, just as the final Canadian soldiers leave the country Wednesday.

In Alberta, schools have been asked to lower their flags form dawn to noon to mirror a similar tribute in Kabul, as the handful of remaining Canadian soldier trainers fly home for the last time.

“The work our troops did in Afghanistan is an absolutely vital part of our history and something all students should learn about,” Alberta Premier Alison Redford said in a release. “We need to honour our soldiers and their families on this mission’s final day.”

Calgary, Edmonton and Alberta's legislature building will be following suit.

New Brunswick and Saskatchewan are holding similar flag tributes.

B.C., Quebec, and Ontario, however, are not.

Since Canadian soldiers arrived in Afghanistan in 2001, 158 have died and more than 2,000 have been injured.


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