EDITOR’S NOTE: In the lead-up to the National Day of Honour on May 9, we take a look back at Canada’s 12-year mission to Afghanistan.
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It is a warm, sunny day in a spring that has seen little of either and a crowd is teeming in front of the Salvation Army shelter on George Street.
Knots of men crowd the sidewalk. There is loud banter and laughter, the snippet of a song being sung somewhere (Blame it on the Stones, strangely enough).
Maybe the weather is why three police officers who suddenly round a corner and approach the shelter are greeted so warmly. Cheered and applauded like rock stars. Given pats on the back as they approach the front doors.
Although beat cops don’t normally get this warm a reception. Even on the best of spring days.