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National Day of Honour Activities 

 

In recognition and commemoration of Canada's military mission in Afghanistan, May 9, 2014 has been declared a "National Day of Honour" by Royal Proclamation. A National Ceremony will occur on Parliament Hill with Veterans of all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces and families. This will be an occasion to pay tribute to the fallen, the sacrifices of the wounded and the special burden borne by military families.

National Day of Honour Parade

The National Day of Honour Parade will begin on Wellington Street and end on Parliament Hill.

The National Day of Honour Parade is comprised of members of the Canadian Armed Forces with a Guard of Honour of 300 personnel and combined bands (Central and Royal 22e Regiment, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Pipes and Drums, and the Correctional Service Canada).

Men and women from various units that served in Afghanistan will participate in the parade. Veterans and civilians that have been involved in protecting our interests and defending freedom around the world will also be involved in the National Day of Honour Parade.

A large number of youth are also attending the National Day of Honour and engaging in this important day. In addition, a Youth Remember Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan online learning feature and further material for educators and youth organizations is available at Youth Remember: educational resources.

Parade Participation

If you are a released Veteran of Canada's mission in Afghanistan, will be in Ottawa on May 9, 2014, and are interested in participating in the parade, please complete and submit this parade participation form.

 

Attached is a link to the website that has the schedule for the services being held in Ottawa.   

http://dgpaapp.forces.gc.ca/ndoh-jndc/ndoh-activities.html

 

Minister for VAC, Julian Fantino invited our National President, Cal Small and all RCMP Veterans to attend this National Day of Honour whether you served in Afghanistan or not. Copy of Invitation

 

SCHEDULE:
12:15 p.m.
• The Master of Ceremonies welcomes everyone to The National Day of Honour

12:30 p.m.
• Parade of Honour begins East of Booth Street and moves along Wellington Street to Parliament Hill (map for details later in this Program)

1:00 p.m
• Arrival of the National Day of Honour Parade on Parliament Hill
• Arrival of the Soldier On Relay Team and Vice-Regal on Parliament Hill
• 21 Gun Salute
• Inspection by His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
• Presentation of the last Canadian flag flown in Afghanistan to Major General Dean Milner, which is turned over to the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Tom Lawson who will present it to the Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper

1:30 p.m.
• Moment of Silence: A gunshot indicates the start of the moment of silence and Canadians across the country will keep two minutes of silence to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission.

1:32 p.m.
• The moment of silence ends with a flypast of aircrafts that served in Afghanistan (see details of the Royal Canadian Air Force Flypast composition later in this Programme)

1:35 p.m.
Remarks by:

• Canadian Armed Forces Chaplain
• Canadian Armed Forces members
• His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada
• The Right Honourable Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper
• The Minister of National Defence, Mr. Rob Nicholson
• The Chief of the Defence Staff, General Thomas J. Lawson
• The Clerk of the Privy Council Office, Wayne Wouters

1:50 p.m.
• Playing and Singing of the National Anthem, O Canada
• Playing and Singing of the Royal Anthem, God Save the Queen 2:00 p.m.

• Event concludes and military displays on Parliament Hill open to the public until approximately 4:00pm