Lives Lost in Afghanistan

As I write this post, not far from where I live, hundreds of people have gathered for the funeral of a soldier killed in Afghanistan, Pte,Garrett William Chidley. He was 21 years old and this was his first mission. As I drove by the funeral home I was touched to see all of the cars lining the street, all the people who have come to pay their respect. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police with flashing lights, Fire Fighters had their ladder high in the air with the Canadian flag waving in the wind. Civilians, military and emergency services all coming together as part of the procession to his final resting place.

In the same armoured vehicle, that was hit just south of Kandahar City, was Michelle Lang. She becomes the first Canadian reporter to be killed since the mission began in 2002. We have learned more about this reporter with the Calgary Herald, especially about her dedication to her work and how she died doing exactly what she loved. Michelle was to be married this summer. Her family, fiance, friends and colleagues gathered yesterday, here in our great city to say goodbye.

Three more souls left our earth that day Sgt. George Miok, 28, Sgt. Kirk Taylor, Cpl. Zachery McCormack, 21 all died December 30, 2009. Across Canada private and public services have been held to show we care. We honor those that serve daily without the eyes of the world upon them. Canada has taken a hard hit in terms of the number of deaths and casualities associated with fighting the terrorists but support continues and we appreciate the sacrifices made by each and every soldier and their family.

After reading this post, please take a second to say your silent "thank you" for their service.

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