Military parade planned for commemoration of Afghan mission

Chuck Vernelli, whose son Scott Vernelli was killed in Afghanistan March 20, 2009, hugs artist Dave...

Chuck Vernelli, whose son Scott Vernelli was killed in Afghanistan March 20, 2009, hugs artist Dave Sopha at the unveiling of the The Portraits of Honour Tour, featuring portraits of Canadian Forces members who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Parliament Hill. (JOHN MAJOR/QMI AGENCY file photo)

Daniel Proussalidis, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:46 PM ET

OTTAWA — Next month's National Day of Honour to commemorate the end of Canada's mission in Afghanistan will feature a military parade from the National War Museum to Parliament Hill.

The events on May 9 will also include a relay of wounded soldiers, a national moment of silence, a 21-gun salute and flybys that will include a Globemaster transport plane and a Chinook helicopter.

"The men and women of Canada's armed forces displayed strength in battle, their families showed strength in dealing with loss and communities right across our great country showed great strength in their support for our men and women at arms," said Jason MacDonald, spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Family members of the 158 soldiers killed during the Afghanistan mission have all been invited to the day's events and to share a special private breakfast in Ottawa.


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