Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 16, 2009 12:48 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the Death of Private Sebastien Courcy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 2009) -

It was with profound sadness that my husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I learned of the tragic circumstances that led to the death of Private Sebastien Courcy, member of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group, based in the City of Quebec. While participating in an operation in the Panjwayi District, his unit was attacked by insurgents, and Private Courcy died following the attack.

The challenges facing the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan, which are sadly brought to light once again today, remind us of the extraordinary commitment of our soldiers who are taking part in this demanding and dangerous mission. In spite of the risks, these women and men demonstrate their limitless dedication each and every day. Driven by an unshakeable sense of duty and with their courage firmly in hand, they are pursuing an ideal of justice and freedom, giving the very best of themselves to protect a population in danger, which rightfully aspires to security and dignity.

We join all Canadians in extending our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family, friends, and comrades in arms of Private Courcy, We will never forget the sacrifices you have all made. Our thoughts are with you.

Michaelle Jean

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