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They will remembered as warriors. RIP
sms said:please understand that my piece with all the ones, is an immediate response to this terrible loss and that there will be a more thoughtful response later.
I guess what I am trying to do with all those neatly printed ones, is simply express the enormity of each and every loss as well as the enormity of the collective loss.
also, I recognize, as in today's posting. on Grief, the huge tsunamis, rogue waves and ripples of these deaths on all whose lives the fallen have touched.
thanks as always for taking an interest in what I do... as I've said many times, I'm sure some will hate my stuff, some will love my stuff, some will be indifferent... but what is important to me above all, as an artist, is that I get it right.
Brihard said:To hear of more losses is always a blow. Losing someone you know is a shock.
McLaren,take care buddy. You'll be missed.
Not to try to take away from the other losses... It's just the first time it's been someone I know. Absolutely awesome guy.
Shitty day. Rest in peace brothers.
NFLD Sapper said:More than 2,000 Canadian, U.S., Dutch and British soldiers turned out for a ramp ceremony at Kandahar Airfield on Saturday to pay tribute to their three comrades who were killed west of the city of Kandahar on Friday.
Mr. Bas Balkissoon: I rise today to join with all members of this House and all Ontarians in expressing my deep condolences to the Diplaros family. Private Demetrios Diplaros, a proud Canadian soldier serving with the first battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, lost his life this past Friday in Afghanistan. He was only 24 years old and was serving our country as part of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team embedded within the Afghan National Army.
I am told that Private Diplaros wanted to become a soldier from a very young age to be just like his father. He lived his dream and became that soldier. He was known for his smile. I hope his family-his father, Anargyros, his mother, Martha, and his brothers Nick and Peter-will remember that smile, and it will help them through their grief.
Today, Demetrios is coming home. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of people will line the Highway of Heroes to pay their respect to Demetrios and his fellow officers, tragically killed. I know that bridge in Scarborough will be lined with Scarborough residents mourning the loss of a Canadian son, the son of one of our families. I want the Diplaros family to know that we will never forget their son's sacrifice and the sacrifice of his colleagues.
Mr. Jeff Leal: Today, Peterborough's Corporal Mark McLaren, aged 23, Toronto's Private Demetrios Diplaros, aged 25, and Keswick's Warrant Officer Robert John Wilson, aged 27, will return home, but it won't be for Christmas to visit their families and friends as they planned.
These three young soldiers' bodies will be driven along the Highway of Heroes today, after losing their lives in a roadside bombing attack in Afghanistan late last week. Representatives from my community will be making the trip down to the Highway of Heroes to join with thousands of mourners who will stand on the overpasses to pay their respects to these young soldiers, their families and their friends.
Corporal Mark McLaren was raised in the Peterborough area, and his family lives in Peterborough today. He was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, returning to active duty after being injured during the first tour. These three young men became the 98th, 99th and 100th Canadians to have made the supreme sacrifice while stationed in Afghanistan.
I'm always impressed by the commitment of these young men and women. They volunteer to serve as soldiers of the Canadian Forces knowing full well the dangers they will face, yet they take the roles without hesitation or personal regard. With so much attention being given to the current economic and political state of affairs, the death of these three young men is a sobering reminder of the challenges our soldiers face every day. Everyone needs to take some time to remember the members of our Canadian Armed Forces, their families and friends, and to say thank you.
Mr. Speaker, I would ask for unanimous consent so we could rise for a moment of silence for these three young soldiers who were killed last week.
The Speaker (Hon. Steve Peters): Agreed? Agreed.
I ask all members and our guests to please rise as we observe a moment of silence for the three individuals who were killed in Afghanistan.
The House observed a moment's silence.