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To whom it may concern, I am a Canadian Soldier, i have served 1 tour in Afghanistan, during which i lost 5 of my closest friends. on March 3 2009 i lost 3 friends and members of my unit, WO Denis Brown, Cpl Danny Fortin, and Cpl Kenneth "Chad" O'Quinn. on that night in my moment of complete sorrow i wrote the attached prayer with all my heart and soul, and my only request is to have it distributed in remembrance of my fallen friends and extended family. i have had this published once already in my local newspaper, and it would be most appreciated if you could help me spread this simple lament. Thank you, Sincerely, Cpl Christopher Brown, CF Signals Operator, TF 3-08 Kandahar, Afghanistan, EOM.


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Lament for the Fallen

By: Cpl Brown, Christopher Sean
TF 3-08 Kandahar, Afghanistan


In a world away from home we push forward
Together we face many trials
But none harder than to say "Goodbye"
This is the hardest task to ask of any soldier

This day the Lord has reclaimed a soldier
And now we must look forward and push on.
Though we do not know why they were taken
We must hold faith that they rest peacefully

Though it is saddening that one is lost to us
We cannot forget
They fought to better the lives of others
And in this, they should be honoured.

The day these soldiers pass began a ripple of emotion
Will it ever settle I do not know
I pray those left behind find comfort
I pray we never forget their sacrifice

Rest in Peace my Brothers and Sisters at arms,
You will be missed by all



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THE HIGHWAY OF HEROES

WE STOOD UPON THE BRIDGE TODAY.
MY FACE WAS WET WITH TEARS
AS I SAW THE FLASHING LIGHTS APPROACH
THAT BROUGHT OUR WARRIORS NEAR.

WITH GREAT RESPECT WE HONOUR THOSE
WHO REPRESENT US ALL,
AND PROUDLY STAND FOR CANADA
WHEN OTHER COUNTRIES CALL.

GREAT SACRIFICE NOT ONLY THEIRS
BUT BORNE BY LOVED ONES TOO -
SO MANY SADLY LEFT ALONE
TO BUILD THEIR LIVES ANEW.

WE STOOD UPON THE BRIDGE TODAY
AS THEY BROUGHT OUR HEROES HOME.
WE WAVED OUR FLAGS IN GRATEFUL THANKS
AND PRIDE IN WHAT THEY HAVE DONE.

A TINY GESTURE TO BE SURE
BUT WE WANT YOU ALL TO KNOW
ON THE HIGHWAY OF THE HEROES
WE GO EACH MILE WITH YOU.

By: Shirley Johnson / Cobourg, Ontario, Canada
January 8, 2009


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"Highway of Heroes" © Shirley Johnson / Cobourg, Ontario, Canada,
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