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National Day of Honour May 9th

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May 9 is the National Day of Honour for our Canadian soldiers that did tours of duty in Afghanistan. 

Discover how Canadians from coast to coast are sharing their thanks with our troops through video and posted messages. 

For an indepth review of the turblant life in Afghanistan during this war you can borrow Outside the wire: American soldiers' voices from Afghanistan, edited by Christine Dumaine Leche.  This is a collection of thirty-eight narratives which offers a powerful evocation of everyday life in a war zone.  Another personal account is Stanley A. McChrystal's My share of the task: a memoir. 

General McChrystal was the commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.  For a highly personal narrative of our war in Afghanistan try the 2013 Hilary Weston Writer's Trust Prize for non-fiction winner The dogs are eating them now: our war in Afghanistan by Graeme Smith. 

Whether  you are reading, watching commemorative videos or posting your own thank you notes on social media sites please remember this is a day to honour and remember the soldiers who returned and the soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice during this thirteen year intervention by NATO and allied forces in the  Afghan Civil War.