National Day of Honour
The National Day of Honour will be commemorated in Ottawa and across Canada with several events, including a parade conducted by the Canadian Armed Forces that will begin at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, and travel along the Memorial Route to Parliament Hill.
A moment of silence will be held across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission, and artillery guns will also fire a 21-gun salute, from the lawns of Parliament Hill.
The Royal Canadian Air Force will conduct fly-bys of several military aircraft, including the CP 140 (Maritime Patrol Aircraft), CC-177 (Globemaster), CC150 (Airbus), C130 (Hercules), two CH-146 (Griffon Helicopters) and the CH-147 (Chinook).
From May 4 to 9, Canadians injured in Afghanistan proudly passed the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the Afghanistan Commemoration Parade in Ottawa, in a relay of six cities in six days. The flag will be presented to General Thomas J. Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, and to Prime Minister Harper, who will accept the flag on behalf of Canadians.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, constructed by our troops in Kandahar and repatriated to Canada, will also commemorate the hard work, dedication and sacrifice of the men and women during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan, and will recognize the support of military families, friends, and all Canadians. The Vigil will be on display in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill during the parade. The Memorial Vigil contains 190 plaques representing 201 fallen: 158 Canadian Forces members, one Canadian diplomat, one Canadian civilian contractor, one Canadian journalist and 40 United States armed forces members who were under Canadian command - members of what the former chief of the defence staff, Gen. Walt Natynczyk, called members of "the military family" at a ceremony in Regina several years ago.