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God on high
Hear my prayer
In my need
You have always

been there

He is young
He's afraid
Let him rest
Heaven blessed.
Bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

He's like the son

I might have known
If God had granted

me a son.
The summers die
One by one
How soon they fly
On and on
And I am old
And will be gone.

Bring him peace
Bring him joy
He is young
He is only a boy.

You can take
You can give
Let him be
Let him live.
If I die, let me die
Let him live,

bring him home
Bring him home
Bring him home.

 

G.F.McCauley - FAITH OF OUR FATHERS - linked to the publisher

 

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Fallen in 2009

Trooper Brian GoodJanuary 7, 2009:  Trooper Brian Good, with the Royal Canadian Dragoons was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near the armoured vehicle in which he was traveling in the northern part of Afghanistans Kandahar province.

 

Sapper Sean GreenfieldJanuary 31, 2009: Sapper Sean Greenfield,  was killed by a roadside bomb Saturday near Kandahar city.  A bomb exploded under Greenfield's armoured vehicle in the Zhari district, about 40 kilometres west of Kandahar city.

 

March 4, 2009:  Warrant Officer Dennis Brown, Cpl. Dany Fortin and Cpl. Kenneth OQuinn were killed in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated near their armoured vehicle during a patrol in Arghandab District, about 10 kilometres northwest of Kandahar city.

 

March 8, 2009: Trooper Marc Diab died when a roadside bomb exploded near his armoured vehicle on patrol northeast of Kandahar City.

 

Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli Trooper Corey Hayes Cpl. Tyler Crooks Trooper Jack Bouthillier

March 20, 2009: Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli, Trooper Corey Hayes, Cpl. Tyler Crooks and Trooper Jack Bouthillier were killed in two separate bombings outside Kandahar City on Friday. Master Cpl. Scott Vernelli and Cpl. Tyler Crooks died when an improvised explosive device blew up near their patrol in the Zhari district.  Trooper Jack Bouthillier and Trooper Corey Joseph Hayes were killed when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in the Shah Wali Kot district.

Trooper Karine BlaisApril 13, 2009: Trooper Karine Blais  was killed when her armoured vehicle struck a roadside bomb north of the city of Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

Major Michelle Mendes

April 23, 2009: Major Michelle Mendes is the third female soldier to die in Afghanistan. She was based in Ottawa with Defence Intelligence and was a member of Task Force Kandahar headquarters.

 

Pte. Alexandre Péloquin June 8, 2009: Pte. Alexandre Péloquin serving with the 3rd Battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment — known as the Van Doos — was killed by an explosive device while on foot patrol Monday in southern Afghanistan.

 

Cpl. Martin DubéJune 14, 2009: Cpl. Martin Dubé, a combat engineer from the 5 Combat Engineer Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, was killed in southern Afghanistan on Sunday when an improvised explosive device he was trying to defuse blew up.

 

Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud June 23, 2009: Master Cpl. Charles-Philippe Michaud was hurt on June 23 when an improvised explosive device detonated near his dismounted patrol in the Panjwaii district, southwest of Kandahar city, the Canadian Forces said in a statement. He was evacuated by helicopter to the coalition medical facility at Kandahar Airfield and then moved to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre in Germany. He arrived in Quebec City on June 28 and succumbed to his injuries on Saturday afternoon.

Cpl. Nick Bulger

 July 3, 2009: Cpl. Nick Bulger, was killed Friday in Afghanistan by a roadside bomb that narrowly missed a vehicle carrying the commander of coalition troops in Kandahar.

Master Cpl. Patrice Audet Cpl. Martin JoannetteJuly 6, 2009: Master Cpl. Patrice Audet and Cpl. Martin Joannette died Monday in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that may have been caused by mechanical failure or human error.

Pte. Sébastien CourcyJuly 16, 2009: Pte. Sébastien Courcy fell to his death Thursday while conducting operations in the Panjwaii district of Afghanistan.

Cpl. Christian Bobbitt Sapper Mathieu AllardAugust 1, 2009: Cpl. Christian Bobbitt and Sapper Mathieu Allard were killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan on Saturday. The two combat engineers left their vehicle to secure the area after an initial blast near the town of Senjaray when they were killed by a second explosion, which occurred around 3:20 p.m. local time Saturday 15 kilometres west of Kandahar city.

Major Yannick PépinCpl. Jean-François Drouin

September 6, 2009: Major Yannick Pépin and Cpl. Jean-François Drouin were killed Sunday when a roadside bomb hit their armoured vehicle in the Dand district southwest of Kandahar city around noon local time. Both were members of the 5 Combat Engineer Regiment and were stationed in Valcartier, Quebec.

 

Pte. Patrick Lormand

September 13, 2009: Pte. Patrick Lormand of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment based in Quebec City, was killed in a roadside blast from an improvised explosive device on Sunday afternoon.

 

Pte. Jonathan Couturier

September 17, 2009: Pte. Jonathan Couturier was killed Thursday southwest of Kandahar city in Panjwaii district in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device.

 

Lt. Justin BoyesOctober 28, 2009: Lt. Justin Boyes was killed when his foot patrol was hit by the blast of a improvised explosive device, at about 9 a.m. local time, 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City in Panjwayi district. At the time of his death, Boyes was mentoring an Afghan national police patrol.

 

Sapper Steven Marshall

October 30, 2009: Sapper Steven Marshall was killed Friday by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in Kandahar.

 

Lt. Andrew NuttallDecember 24, 2009: Lt. Andrew Nuttall was killed on a routine foot patrol near the village of Nakhonay in Panjwaii District, about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar city.

 

Sgt. George MiokSgt. Kirk TaylorCpl. Zachery McCormackPte. Garrett Chidley

Michelle LangDecember 30, 2009: Sgt. George Miok, Sgt. Kirk Taylor, Cpl. Zachery McCormack and Pte. Garrett Chidley were killed Wednesday, along with journalist Michelle Lang of the Calgary Herald, who was reporting on the war. The group's light-armoured vehicles were struck by an improvised explosive device in the city of Kandahar.

 

 

 

 

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Rest eternal grant to them, O Lord.

And let light perpetual shine upon them.

May their souls,

and the souls of all the departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Amen

 

For the Armed Forces

Almighty God, we commend to your gracious care and keeping all the men and women of our armed forces at home and abroad. Defend them day by day with your heavenly grace; strengthen them in their trials and temptations; give them courage to face the perils which beset them; and grant them a sense of your abiding presence wherever they may be; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

For Peace

O God, it is your will to hold both heaven and earth in a single peace.  Let the design of your great love shine on the waste of our wraths and sorrows, and give peace to your Church, peach among nations, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts; through your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

 

Anti-war songs November 2005: The tomb of the unknown soldier

Death in Afghanistan - Harold Macdonald

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