158 flags line the cenotaph in Windsor remembering fallen Afghan veterans

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158 flags line the cenotaph in Windsor remembering fallen Afghan veterans

Post by Trooper on Tue 10 May 2016, 05:34

In commemoration of the National Day of Honour, 158 flags bearing the names of fallen Afghan war veterans circled the cenotaph outside Windsor’s City Hall Monday. But there was no formal ceremony to mark the end of Canada’s 12-year involvement in the Afghanistan conflict and the flags were seen by only a few people walking by.

It was a huge disappointment for the organizers.

“I obviously thought that there would be something going on,” said Tommy Lowther, a former soldier, who chose to have the flag memorial at the cenotaph, assuming many people would show up to honour the day.

“I called a couple of people and nobody heard anything. I don’t see how there could be such an oversight to not come down and do something. I began to question If I had the right date or not,” he said.

In 2014, the federal government declared May 9 as the National Day of Honour in recognition of Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan.

Lowther and his friend Ken Urquhart spent the early hours of Monday carefully placing the knee-length flags in a semi-circle around the cenotaph. One flag, in the centre of the memorial, is dedicated to Windsor’s Cpl. Andrew Grenon, killed in Afghanistan in 2008.

After three men from his unit died in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb in 2008, Lowther felt driven to create the flags.

“A member of my unit Sergeant Shawn Eades died in Afghanistan,” Lowther said, “I remember I saw his two little daughters, the same age as my daughter, standing by their daddy’s casket, in their little dresses, it was then that I decided to do something. It’s a sad day, it hurts, but we need to remember.”

Officials contacted at various branches with the Royal Canadian Legion in Windsor said they were unaware of any events organized to commemorate the day. No one wanted to be identified and the reason is unclear as to why nothing was scheduled.

Windsor local Cpl. Jerry Day said he too was very disappointed. After four deployments to Afghanistan, many of the faces on the flags were recognizable to him.

“If you look back on Afghanistan it was a dirty war that the elected officials decided to get into. At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you supported it or not, those were the men and women of our communities. There were so many faces I recognized on the flags that I was taken aback by the lack of presence there.”

Despite Canada’s involvement in the war ending, the loss of life in Afghanistan continues. Civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2015 marked the highest ever recorded by the UN since the United States-led invasion began in 2001.

On April 19, an attack on the capital city, Kabul, killed 64 and injured more than 300 people, marking it as the deadliest insurgent attack, in the city, since the war began.

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Re: 158 flags line the cenotaph in Windsor remembering fallen Afghan veterans

Post by Rags on Tue 10 May 2016, 08:16

We honour our fallen from all wars since Korea at Beechwood cemetery Ottawa our country's National War Cemetery and memorial. It happens on the first Sunday in June and on remembrance day. The event is called the National Memorial Ride (NMR). Not to rain on anyones parade but we traditionally dont single out any one mission Canada was in. We only commemorate the two biggys World Wars 1&2. A Stan is just the latest and wont be the last on a long long list of missions Canada rouse to the challenge for but has no special day.......Korea the biggest since 1&2 has no official day but some battles are CF and Regimentaly honoured like Paarderburg (Boar War) or Kipyong (Korea). Id suggest a Regiment select if relevant to them a significant battle and honour it Regimentally like above.

And just a point of History in error in the article....The US did not lead an invasion of A Stan in 2001. The Northern Alliance (NA) defeated the Taliban. The US special forces command supplied some operators and a BN in support with air assets to assist the  NA in the last few weeks of the War. This arrival in light numbers to assist NA was a way for CIA to get boots in the back yard of Bin Ladden to find and finish him...... The US and other coalition partners entered A Stan after the war had ended to operate as part of the UNs peace and nation building plan to give stability to A Stan after 10 years at war with Russia followed by Taliban rule and its defeat at the hands of the NA. The US did not invade A Stan it used the UN Peace and Stability plan to hunt Bin Laden. That clandestine activity caused an insurgency in the vacuum left after the NA won the Afghanistan Civil war. The rest is history its called an "insurgency". Remember reporters "wiki" is not a real source!   

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