Canadian soldiers to be recognized with plaque at Kelowna's airport
Kelowna will celebrate the National Day of Honour on Friday by unveiling a plaque at the city's airport recognizing Okanagan members of the B.C.-based Dragoons regiment who served in the military mission in Afghanistan.
According to the city, in support of the B.C. Dragoons on the National Day of Honour, YLW has invited the Dragoons to unveil a plaque recognizing the 32 Okanagan members who served in Afghanistan, most of whom passed through the airport on their way to serve in the mission.
The unveiling ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. in the arrivals area of the airport and will be followed by a short reception.
The National Day of Honour was announced by the federal government as a way to pay tribute to the men and women of Canada's armed forces who fought and died in Afghanistan over the last 12 years, as well as the "the special burden" borne by families of the soldiers.
A total of 158 Canadian Armed Forces personnel died in the combat mission in Afghanistan, as well as one Canadian diplomat, a Department of National Defence contractor, a Canadian journalist embedded with the armed forces and 40 U.S. Armed Forces personnel under Canadian command.
As part of the recognition of the this country's military, a memorial vigil is also travelling across the country. The two B.C. stops will be in Victoria, at the B.C. Legislature, and in Vancouver, at the Convention Centre, both in July.