Sunday March 31st marks the 5th anniversary of the end of Canada's mission in Afghanistan. A commemorative wreath laying ceremony will be held at the National War memorial in Ottawa. Legion Grand President Larry Murray will lay a wreath on behalf of The Royal Canadian Legion and the 2018 National Silver Cross Mother, Anita Cenerini, will lay a wreath on behalf of families and those who served in Afghanistan.
Anita Cenerini's son, Private Thomas Welch, was a respected member of 6 Platoon, November Company through the training and deployment as part of Op ATHENA, Roto 0 to Afghanistan in August 2003, where he served as a C9 Gunner. Less than three months after returning from Afghanistan, Thomas died by suicide in Petawawa, ON. His death on May 8, 2004, is marked as the first death by suicide of a Canadian Soldier after returning home from the Afghanistan mission.
Read more: https://www.legion.ca/remembrance/silver-cross-mother