Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 04, 2008 09:30 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Soldier Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 4, 2008) - Our fallen soldier, Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze, 25, of the Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians), based at Canadian Forces Base Edmonton, Alberta, is scheduled to return home to Canada tomorrow.

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

When: Wednesday March 5, 1:00 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.

Tpr Hayakaze was killed at approximately 3:45 p.m. Kandahar time on March 2, when the armoured vehicle he was in struck a suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The incident occurred in the Mushan District, approximately 45 km west of Kandahar City.


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

Inquiries regarding the deceased or the funeral ceremony may be addressed to Captain Mark Peebles, 1 CMBG PAO (780) 973-4011 ext 7415 or at peebles.m@forces.gc.ca.

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