Canada's military mission in Afghanistan will come to a formal and ceremonial end on Wednesday when the Canadian flag is lowered at an Afghan military base for the last time, ending this country's 12-year presence in the region.
The conclusion of Canada's longest-running military mission will stir much emotion, both from those proud of what our men and women have accomplished and those who have questioned our decision to get involved.
But in one province, the date will be marked loudly, proudly and with the help of its public schools.
Alberta has asked schools and municipalities in the province to lower their Canadian flags to half-staff and then raise them to full height at noon, to mark the end of the Afghanistan mission. Alberta's government announced the plans last month, underlining the importance the mission will hold in Canadian history.
"Today’s graduating class was in kindergarten when Albertans first left on this mission, and March 12th gives us a rare opportunity forRead More »from Alberta stands alone in commemorating official end of Canadian mission in Afghanistan