Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

March 10, 2009 16:00 ET

Media Advisory: Our Fallen Soldier Returns Home

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 10, 2009) - Our fallen soldier, Trooper Marc Diab from The Royal Canadian Dragoons based at CFB Petawawa, will return home to Canada on Thursday, March 12, 2009.



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

When: Thursday, March 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

What: At the wishes of the families, media will be permitted on the
tarmac.


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

Trooper Diab was killed and four other Canadian soldiers were injured when an improvised explosive device detonated near an armoured vehicle during a patrol in the Shah Wali Kot District. The incident occurred north-east of Kandahar City at around 1:15 p.m., Kandahar time, on 8 March, 2009.

Contact Information

  • Interested media may contact Captain Mark Peebles
    8 Wing/CFB Trenton Public Affairs Officer
    613-392-2811, ext. 2041
    peebles.m@forces.gc.ca
    or
    For general queries:
    Media Liaison Office
    1-866-377-0811, or on weekends at 613-792-2973
    or
    For flight information:
    Air Passenger Terminal
    1-800-487-1186