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National Day of Honour~ May 9, 2014


National Day of Honour

Waterloo Airport

It would be great to see the FOCISIA group attend the parade on 9 May 2014. Anyone is more than welcome to attend, as the parade is being conducted for Waterloo Region to show their appreciation to our local Afghanistan Veterans. Although we are planning for a few hundred people to attend this parade. Contact if attending:

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Brantford City Hall  1:15

City Hall Forecourt, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford. If inclement weather  ceremony will be held at the Brantford Armouries, 18 Brant Ave., Brantford.  

Hamilton City Hall  6:45 pm

The City of Hamilton will be having a special ceremony beginning at 6:45
PM at City Hall honouring our Canadian Armed Forces Veterans. The Chief
of Police, Commander of 31 Canadian Brigade, the Mayor of Hamilton,
Afghan Veterans (by unit) and other dignitaries will be in attendance.
Once the ceremony is complete, the parade of massed bands, dignitaries
and veterans will proceed to John Weir Foote VC DC Armouries, where they
will be dismissed.
All military families are welcome to attend.

Ottawa (website below is excellent and informative)

Grant Winners 2014

This year we have to Grant Winners to share the $500 Award.

The 56 Field Regiment Family Support Group awarded a grant of up to $500 to a dependent family member of an active soldier of the 56 Field Regiment to assist with an activity that will increase the quality of life for the family member of the soldier.

The criteria activity can be of a special interest, sport related, educational or recreational in nature promoting health, physical fitness and well-being.

Congratulations to:

Noah Martin, son of Sgt. J.D. Martin                            Pylin Christopher, daughter of Major R. Christopher

Brenda Langas, Sgt Don & Erica Martin,
Pat Cooke, Noah & Everley
Brenda Langas awarding grant to Major Christopher on behalf of daughter, Pylin

May 9...National Day of Honouring Our Troops

May 9/14 Declared National Day of Honour for our Troops.

Waterloo Airport

"In light of this a National Day of Honour Celebration will be hosted by the Region of Waterloo at the Waterloo Regional Airport on Friday, May 9, 2014 at 7pm. The parents, freinds and comrades of the Canadian Armed Forces Afghanistan Mission Veterans, plus the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada Regimental Council are planning this evert.

We want to show the 200 plus Waterloo Region Afghanistan Veterans our apprecation by bringing together family, friends and the general public to celebrate their safe return. It is also an opportunity to remember the 158 young men and women who gave the ultimate acrifice. Please save the date and join us for this important event."

For further information visit or contact Joe Dwyer via email 

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Your support is very much appreciated.

The organizing committee would like an RSVP from anyone who is attending. Please send your RSVPs to : CWO Robinson at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Adam HOlmes TF 1-10


Our Troops shoulld be honoured every day!

Gail Leary

A Brantford woman and Silver Cross mother has died. March 13/14 Gail Leary was 57. She was the wife of Richard Leary Sr. and the mother of Capt. Richard 'Steve' Leary, of Brantford. Her son was on a tour of duty in Afghanistan with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry out of Manitoba when he was killed in a firefight with Taliban militant on June 3, 2008. He was 32.

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From Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awarness.

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