Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 08, 2008 11:53 ET

Media Advisory: Two Fallen Soldiers Returning Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 8, 2008) - Our fallen soldiers, Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, 41, and Corporal Eric Labbe, age 31, both of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Quebec, are scheduled to return home to Canada tomorrow.



Where: 8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.

When: Wednesday January 9, 3:30 p.m.

What: At the wishes of the families, there will be no media
permitted on the tarmac and no interviews will be given.


Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency, the Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, The Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, the Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, and other dignitaries.

The two soldiers were killed at approximately 6:30 p.m. Kandahar time on January 6, when their Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV III) rolled over during a tactical move across difficult terrain. The incident occurred in Nalgham, in the Zhari District, 40 km south-west of Kandahar.

Note to the Editor/News Director:

CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer, Major Isabelle Robitaille, can be reached at (613) 392-2811 ext. 4565, or at: robitaille.mji@forces.gc.ca.

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