Friday, December 05, 2008

God Bless our Troops - Friday, December 5, 2008

Today I pray, as with fellow Canadian, for the families of our 3 fine Canadian soldiers who were died December 5, 2008 at 9 am today as they travel a difficult journey ahead. My thoughts and prayers also go to their military familes (the troops who trained with them and those who served alongside them during their rotation in Afghanistan)
I first heard of this news after being contacted by a reporter this early afternoon.

Three Canadian Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan
Three Canadian soldiers were killed as a result of an improvised explosive device attack on their armoured vehicle during a joint patrol with Afghan National Army soldiers in the Arghandab District. The incident occurred approximately 15 kilometres west of Kandahar City at about 9:00 a.m., Kandahar time on 5 December 2008.The Canadian soldiers were participating in a vehicle patrol with their Afghan colleagues when their vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device. The three soldiers were killed instantly by the explosion.Killed in action were Corporal Mark Robert McLaren and Private Demetrios Diplaros. The primary next of kin for all three soldiers have been notified; however, the third name will not be released at this time at the request of the family.
In an unrelated incident, earlier on the same day, two Canadian soldiers were seriously injured when an improvised explosive device detonated in the vicinity of a joint Canadian - Afghan foot patrol in Zharey District. The incident occurred at approximately 8:00 a.m., Kandahar time, approximately 30 kilometres west of Kandahar City.
A cordon was quickly established and the soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to the Multi-national Medical Facility at Kandahar Airfield where one soldier is reported to be in serious condition and the other is reported to be in fair condition. The names of the injured soldiers will not be released.
Today Canada lost three fine soldiers. They served Canada in an effort to bring peace and security to the people of Afghanistan. God Bless.

Pte Diplaros

Pte Diplaros was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario. He was deployed in Afghanistan with Task Force Kandahar’s Operational Mentor and Liaison Team.

Cpl McLaren
Cpl McLaren was a member of the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment, from Canadian Forces Base Petawawa, Ontario. He was deployed in Afghanistan with Task Force Kandahar’s Operational Mentor and Liaison Team

4 comments:

AirmanMom said...

My prayers are lifted for these heroes and the families who love them so!

~AirmanMom returning to her blog...

SusanE said...

I have family in the Keswick area and used to live there myself. I have three children (2 via marriage) in the military.

At what time should people begin to line up along the 401?

Do you know when Warrant Officer Wilson's body will go home to Keswick?

I'd like to let my family know so they could show support to his family.

donald said...

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Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Our son is serving in Kandahar with The Royal Canadian Regiment. We are in central BC, and so far we've only met one family that has a son serving in Afghanistan. The neat thing is he's our son's roommate. The world is small.

I'm so glad I found your site.

To our troops, God Bless, Merry Christmas and a happy and safe New year.