Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

May 20, 2010 12:41 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Comrade Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 20, 2010) - Our fallen comrade, Colonel Geoff Parker of the Royal Canadian Regiment, working at Land Force Central Area Headquarters, based in Toronto, Ontario, returns home to Canada tomorrow.

Where: 8 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario.
When: Friday, May 21, 2010 at 2 p.m.
What: At the request of the family media will be permitted on the tarmac.

Present to pay their respects will be Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, Minister of National Defence, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Chief of the Defence Staff, General Walt Natynczyk and other dignitaries.

Colonel Parker was killed while travelling in a NATO convoy when a vehicle borne improvised explosive device was detonated near their vehicles at approximately 8 a.m. local Afghanistan time on 18 May 2010.

Colonel Parker was in Kabul as part of a NATO team preparing for their upcoming mission.

As this is a solemn and formal occasion, all attending are requested to dress appropriately.

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