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Kingston welcomes the 'Soldier On Afghanistan Relay' on May 5

May 2, 2014 -

On Monday May 5, Kingston will welcome the Soldier On Afghanistan Relay to our community. Carrying the last Canadian flag to fly in Afghanistan, the Relay is traveling from Trenton to Ottawa in the lead up to the National Day of Honour on May 9, 2014. Kingstonians are encouraged to join Canadian Forces Base Kingston and Mayor Mark Gerretsen in welcoming the Relay in honour of the fallen and all those Canadians who served in Afghanistan.

"As Canada marks the end of our military mission in Afghanistan, Canadian Forces Base Kingston and the City of Kingston are privileged to welcome the Soldier On Afghanistan Relay," said Mayor Mark Gerretsen. "This Relay and the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil that will be on display in City Hall are an opportunity for residents to pay tribute to the contributions of the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families."

The Soldier On Afghanistan Relay is made up of 19 Canadians who acquired a visible or non-visible injury or illness while serving in Afghanistan. Upon the arrival of the Relay team, Kingstonians are invited to join a public ceremony at 2 p.m. in Springer Market Square.

In addition to welcoming the Relay team, Kingston will also host the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil on May 5 and 6. This Vigil contains 190 plaques representing 201 fallen while deployed in Afghanistan. The plaques were formerly part of the Kandahar Air Field cenotaph, a memorial structure for Canadian soldiers to commemorate their fallen comrades.

Residents are invited to view the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil in Memorial Hall, City Hall. 

  • Monday May 5, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Tuesday May 6, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information on the Soldier On Afghanistan Relay, please visit www.soldieron.ca

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For more information contact:
Mayor Mark Gerretsen
613-546-4291 Ext. 1405