Today, Bryan Hayes, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, will participate in activities for the National Day of Honour on the lawn of Parliament Hill. National Day of Honour events will be taking place across Canada in recognition of the military mission in Afghanistan. The cross-country commemorations will give all Canadians the opportunity to salute the fallen, to honour currently serving members and veterans, to celebrate the strength of Canada’s remarkable military families, and to give tribute to all who participated in Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan.
The events to take place are as follows:
- The Soldier On Afghanistan Relay
- The National Day of Honour Parade to/from Parliament Hill to the along Wellington Street
- A two-minute moment of silence beginning at 13:30 Eastern Standard Time across Canada
- Announcement of Honours
- Announcement of Afghanistan Memorial
- Announcement of Inscription on National War Memorial
- Two fly-bys by the Royal Canadian Air Force
“Canada’s communities, including Sault Ste. Marie have shown tremendous support for our Canadian Armed Forces during their time in Afghanistan. This National Day of Honour is a historic opportunity for the country to recognize the strength and sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, and especially for my constituents to recognize the ultimate sacrifices made by Sault Ste. Marie’s very own, Master Corporal Scott Vernelli and Sergeant John Wayne Faught,” said MP Hayes.
Following today’s parade, a moment of silence lasting two minutes will be observed at 13:30 Eastern Daylight Time across the country to reflect upon the sacrifices made during the mission. MP Hayes encourages Saultites to participate in the National Day of Honour by observing this moment of silence.