Government unveils plans for National Day of Honour

The Harper government has plans to hold a large ceremony May 9th for the National Day of Honour.

The day serves as a tribute for the men and women who served in Afghanistan and will see 300 troops representing every unit to have served in the Middle Eastern country march from the War Museum up to Parliament Hill.

Wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen will be the master of ceremonies for events on the Hill, which includ two minutes of silence and fly-overs.

The federal government is also paying to fly in the family of every soldier who lost their lives during Canada's mission to Afghanistan.

"The men and women of Canada's Armed Forces displayed strength in battle," said Jason MacDonald, communications director for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "Their families showed strength in dealing with loss and communities right across our great country showed strength in their support for our men and our women at arms."

Plans for the event include a relay from CFB Trenton to Ottawa, where participants will present the last flag that flew over Canada's mission in Afghanistan to Harper and Gen. Tom Lawson, the chief of defence staff.

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