OTTAWA — Canada will pay homage to the heroes of our Afghan mission on Friday.
The National Day of Honour is to feature a virtually unprecedented combination and scope of events to pay tribute to the 158 Canadians who lost their lives during the 12-year Afghanistan mission.
More than 40,000 personnel travelled to the country to combat terrorism, build roads, train Afghan security personnel, restore schools, train teachers and vaccinate children.
Many events have been happening for weeks, to wrap up in the capitol Friday.
The Soldier On relay arrived in Ottawa from CFB Trenton on Wednesday, visited Gatineau City Hall and then Ottawa City Hall on Thursday.
LS Brett Price spends some time with his 18 month old daughter Brynlee Tuesday morning in Ottawa. (Tony Caldwell/QMI Agency)
The final runner in the 19-member team will arrive at Parliament Hill Friday halfway through the ceremony at Parliament Hill. The baton will be passed to last task force commander Gen. Dean Milner, who will then pass it to Chief of Defence Staff Gen. Thomas Lawson, and on to Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The same will be done with the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan.
The event itself gets underway at 12:15 p.m. with the Parade of Honour at 12:30 p.m., ending at Parliament Hill at 1 p.m.
A moment of silence, a fly-by, displays by the Navy and of explosive ordinances and a field medical unit, are also on tap.
Everything is free and open to the public until 4 p.m.
The last Canadian soldiers to leave Afghanistan arrived home today to tears, hugs from family and friends in Ottawa Ont. Tuesday, March 18, 2014. (Tony Caldwell/ QMI Agency)
In 12 years, more than 40,000 Canadian troops served in Afghanistan.
158 of those soldiers did not return home. They made the ultimate sacrifice and we remember them.
Sgt. Marc Leger, 29, Lancaster, Ont.
Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, 24, Toronto, Ont.
Pte. Richard Green, 21, Hubbards, N.S.
Pte. Nathan Smith, 26, Porters Lake, N.S.
Sgt. Robert Short, 42, Fredericton, N.B.
Cpl. Robbie Beerenfenger, 29, Ottawa
Cpl. Jamie Murphy, 26, Conception Harbour, Nfld.
Pte. Braun Woodfield, 24 , Eastern Passage, N.S.
Glyn Berry, 59, British-born Canadian diplomat.
Cpl. Paul Davis, 28, Bridgewater, N.S.
Master Cpl. Timothy Wilson, 30, Grande Prairie, Alta.
Pte. Robert Costall, 22, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Cpl. Matthew Dinning, 23, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Cpl. Randy Payne, 32, Gananoque, Ont.
Bombardier Myles Mansell, 25, Victoria, B.C.
Lieut. William Turner, 44, Toronto, Ont.
Capt. Nichola Goddard, 26, Calgary, Alta. (Canada’s first female soldier killed in combat)
Cpl. Anthony Boneca, 21, reservist, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Cpl. Francisco Gomez, 44, Edmonton, Alta.
Cpl. Jason Warren, 29, Montreal, Que.
Cpl. Christopher Reid, 34, Truro, N.S.
Sgt. Vaughn Ingram, 35, Burgeo, Nfld.
Cpl. Bryce Keller, 27, Regina, Sask.
Pte. Kevin Dallaire, 22, Calgary, Alta.
Master Cpl. Raymond Arndt, 31, Edmonton, Alta.
Master Cpl. Jeffrey Walsh, 33, Regina, Sask.
Cpl. Andrew Eykelenboom, 23, Edmonton, Alta.
Cpl. David Braun, 27, Raymore, Sask.
Sgt. Shane Stachnik, 30, Waskatenau, Alta.
Warrant Officer Frank Mellish, 38, Truro, N.S.
Pte. William Cushley, 21, Port Lambton, Ont.
Warrant Officer Richard Nolan, 39, Mount Pearl, Nfld.
Pte. Mark Graham, 33, Hamilton, Ont.
Pte. David Byers, 22, Espanola, Ont.
Cpl. Shane Keating, 30, Dalmeny, Sask.
Cpl. Keith Morley, 30, Winnipeg, Man.
Cpl. Glen Arnold, 32, McKerrow, Ont.
Pte. Josh Klukie, 23, Thunder Bay, Ont.
Sgt. Craig Gillam, 40, South Branch, Nfld.
Cpl. Robert Mitchell, 30, Owen Sound, Ont.
Trooper Mark Wilson, 39, London, Ont.
Sgt. Darcy Tedford, 32, Earltown, N.S.
Pte. Blake Williamson, 23, Ottawa
Chief Warrant Officer Bobby Girouard, 46, Bathurst, N.B.
Cpl. Albert Storm, 36, Fort Erie, Ont.
Cpl. Kevin Megeney, 25, New Glasgow, N.S.
Pte. Kevin Kennedy, 20, St. John’s, Nfld.
Sgt. Donald Lucas, 31, of St. John’s, Nfld.
Cpl. Aaron Williams, 23, Perth-Andover, N.B.
Pte. David Greenslade, 20, Saint John, N.B.
Cpl. Brent Poland, 37, Sarnia, Ont.
Cpl. Christopher Stannix, 24, Dartmouth, N.S.
Master Cpl. Allan Stewart, 31, Newcastle, N.B.
Trooper Patrick James Pentland, 23, Geary, N.B.
Master Cpl. Anthony Klumpenhouwer, 25, Listowel, Ont.
Cpl. Matthew McCully, 25, Orangeville, Ont.
Master Cpl. Darrell Jason Priede, 30, Burlington, Ont.
Trooper Darryl Caswell, 25, Bowmanville, Ont.
Sgt. Christos Karigiannis, 31, Montreal, Que.
Cpl. Stephen Frederick Bouzane, 26, Toronto, Ont.
Pte. Joel Vincent Wiebe, 22, Edmonton, Alta.
Cpl. Cole Bartsch, 23, Whitecourt, Alta.
Capt. Matthew Johnathan Dawe, 27, Kingston, Ont.
Pte. Lane Watkins, 20, Edmonton, Alta.
Cpl. Jordan Anderson, 25, Iqaluit, Nunavut
Master Cpl. Colin Bason, 28, New Westminster, B.C.
Capt. Jefferson Francis, 36, Halifax, N.S.
Pte. Simon Longtin, 23, Longueuil, Que.
Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier, 43, Weedon, Que.
Master Cpl. Christian Duchesne, 34, Montreal, Que.
Maj. Raymond Ruckpaul, 42, Hamilton, Ont.
Cpl. Nathan Hornburg, 24, Calgary, Alta.
Cpl. Nicolas Raymond Beauchamp, 28, Valcartier, Que.
Pte. Michel Levesque, 25, Valcartier Que.
Gunner Jonathan Dion, 27, Val-d’Or, Que.
Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, 41, Valcartier, Que.
Cpl. Eric Labbe, 31, Rimouski, Que.
Trooper Richard Renaud, 26, Alma, Que.
Sapper Etienne Gonthier, 21, St. Georges, Que.
Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze, 25, Edmonton, Alta.
Bombardier Jeremie Ouellet, 22, Matane, Que.
Sgt. Jason Boyes, 32, Napanee, Ont.
Pte. Terry John Street, 24, Hull
Cpl. Michael Starker, 36, Calgary, Alta.
Capt. Richard Steven Leary, 32, Brantford, Ont.
Capt. Jonathan Sutherland Snyder, 26, Penticton, B.C.
Cpl. Brendan Anthony Downey, 37, Dundurn, Sask.
Pte. Colin William Wilmot, 24, Fredericton, N.B.
Cpl. James Hayward Arnal, 25, Winnipeg, Man.
Master Cpl. Josh Roberts, 29, Prince Albert, Sask.
Master Cpl. Erin Doyle, 32, Edmonton, Alta.
Sgt. Shawn Eades, 33, Hamilton, Ont.
Sapper Stephan Stock, 25, Campbell River, B.C.
Cpl. Dustin Wasden, 20, Spiritwood, Sask.
Pte. Chad Horn, 21, Calgary, Alta.
Cpl. Michael Seggie, 21, Winnipeg. Man.
Cpl. Andrew Grenon, 23, Windsor, Ont.
Sgt. Scott Shipway, 36, Esterhazy, Sask.
Cpl. Mark Robert McLaren, 23, Peterborough, Ont.
Pte. Demetrios “Dip” Diplaros, 24, Toronto, Ont.
Warrant Officer Robert John Wilson, 38, Keswick, Ont.
Cpl. Thomas James Hamilton, 26, Truro, N.S.
Pte. John Michael Roy Curwin, 26, Mount Uniacke, N.S.
Pte. Justin Peter Jones, 21, Baie Verte, Nlfd.
Pte. Michael Freeman, 28, Peterborough, Ont.
Warrant Officer Gaétan Roberge, 45, Hanmer, Ont.
Sgt. Gregory John Kruse, 40, Campbelltown, N.B.
Trooper Brian Richard Good, 42, Ottawa, Ont.
Sapper Sean David Greenfield, 25, Pinawa, Man.
Warrant Officer Denis Raymond Brown, 38, St. Catharines, Ont.
Cpl. Dany Olivier Fortin, 29, Baie-Comeau, Que.
Cpl. Kenneth Chad O’Quinn, 25, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Nfld.
Trooper Marc Diab, 22, Mississauga, Ont.
Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli, 28, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Cpl. Tyler Crooks, 24, Port Colborne, Ont.
Trooper Jack Bouthillier, 20, Hearst, Ont.
Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes, 22, Ripples, N.B.
Trooper Karine Blais, 21, Les Méchins, Que.
Maj. Michelle Mendes, 30, Wicklow, Ont.
Pte. Alexandre Peloquin, 20, Brownsburg, Que.
Cpl. Martin Dube, 35, Quebec City, Que.
Cpl. Nicholas Bulger, 30, Peterborough, Ont.
Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud, 28, Edmundston, N.B.
Master Cpl. Pat Audet, 38, Montreal, Que.
Cpl. Martin Joannette, 25, Saint-Calixte, Que.
Pte. Sebastien Courcy, 26, Saint-Hyacinthe, Que.
Cpl. Christian Bobbitt, 23, Sept-Iles, Que.
Sapper Matthieu Allard, 21, Val d’Or, Que.
Cpl. Jean-François Drouin, 21, Beauport, Que.
Maj. Yannick Pepin, 38, Warwick, Que.
Pte. Patrick Lormand, 21, Chute-a-Blondeau, Ont.
Pte Jonathan Couturier, 23, Loretteville, Que.
Lt. Justin Garrett Boyes, 26, Saskatoon, Sask.
Sapper Steven Marshall, 24, Calgary, Alta.
Lt. Andrew Richard Nuttall, 30, Victoria, B.C.
Pte. Garrett William Chidley, 21, Cambridge, Ont.
Cpl. Zachery McCormack, 21, Edmonton, Alta.
Sgt. Kirk Taylor, 28, Yarmouth, N.S.
Sgt. George Miok, 28, Edmonton, Alta.
Sgt. John Faught, 44, Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.
Cpl. Joshua Baker, 24, Edmonton, Alta.
Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick, 21, Prince George, B.C.
Pte. Tyler William Todd, 26, Kitchener, Ont.
Petty Officer Douglas Craig Blake, 37, Simcoe, Ont.
Pte. Kevin Thomas McKay, 24, Richmond Hill, Ont.
Col. Geoff Parker, 42, Oakville, Ont.
Trooper Larry Rudd, 26, Brantford, Ont.
Sgt. Martin Goudreault, 35, Sudbury, Ont.
Sgt. James MacNeil, 28, Glace Bay, N.S.
Master Cpl. Kristal Giesebrecht, 34, Wallaceburg, Ont.
Pte. Andrew Miller, 21, Sudbury, Ont.
Sapper Brian Collier, 24, Bradford, Ont.
Cpl. Brian Pinksen, 22, Corner Brook, Nfld.
Cpl. Steve Martin, 24, Saint-Cyrille-de- Wendover, Que.
Cpl. Yannick Scherrer, 24, Montreal, Que.
Bombardier Karl Manning, 31, Chicoutimi, Que.
Master Cpl. Byron Greff, 26, Lacombe, Alta.
Capt. Francis Paul, 53, Badger, Nfld