Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 24, 2007 16:38 ET

Media Advisory/DND: Fallen Soldiers Returning Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 24, 2007) - Our fallen soldiers, Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier and Master Corporal Christian Duchesne, both members of the Task Force Afghanistan Roto 4, based out of Kandahar, Afghanistan, are scheduled to return home to Canada on Sunday.

Where: 8 Wing Trenton, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
When: Sunday, August 26, 4:00 p.m.
What: At the wishes of the families, media are not invited to view the
arrival from 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.

Master Warrant Officer Mercier and Master Corporal Duchesne succumbed to their injuries after their armoured vehicle struck an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on August 22, approximately 50 km west of Kandahar City. At the time of the incident, the Canadian soldiers were returning to base by Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) after completing Operation EAGLE EYE, a joint operation with Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) aiming at bringing more stability to the district of Zarey.

Contact Information

  • Note to the Editor/News Director:
    Major Isabelle Robitaille
    CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer
    613-392-2811 ext. 4565
    Mobile: 613-242-3156
    For flight information
    Air Passenger Terminal