Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 14, 2008 10:26 ET

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada,...

...on the deaths of Corporal Thomas James Hamilton, Private John Michael Roy Curwin, and Private Justin Peter Jones

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 14, 2008) -

Today we are mourning the deaths of three soldiers, after a loss that saddened us deeply only a few days ago. In addition, one of their colleagues was severely wounded by the explosion of an IED while they were patrolling in the reconstruction zone close to the city of Kandahar.

To the families, loved ones and friends of Corporal Thomas James Hamilton, Private John Michael Roy Curwin, and Private Justin Peter Jones, all from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, New Brunswick, we extend our heartfelt sympathy and condolences. May they know that they are not alone to shed tears for these three irreplaceable men. Not only were they courageous, they were proud to serve their country with all their skills and might to help the people of Afghanistan, torn by decades of war and profound misery. They pursued their goal, putting their lives on the line. We will never forget the extent to which they valued peace, justice and equity, values equally shared by all Canadians.

Our best wishes for prompt recovery to the injured soldier and to his or her family. We know how afflicted and worried they are.

To all the members of the Canadian Forces, wherever you are, in Canada or abroad, be assured of our solidarity during this difficult time.

Michaelle Jean

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