Monday, June 15, 2009

Cpl. Martin Dube

Body of Cpl. Martin Dube begins journey home

Updated Mon. Jun. 15 2009 3:41 PM ET

The Canadian Press

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- The latest Canadian casualty of the Afghan insurgency began his final journey home Monday following an evening ceremony at an airfield that has seen all too many such services.

Soldiers and civilians turned out on en masse as the casket of Cpl. Martin Dube was loaded onto a transport plane at the Kandahar Airfield.

"In his desire to make a difference, he gave his life suddenly, without warning," Padre Bastien Leclerc told the crowd assembled on the tarmac.

"We will all miss his infectious smile, his determination, and his will to make this part of the world a better place to live."

Dube, 35, was killed Sunday when one of two roadside bombs hidden in a culvert that he was trying to defuse exploded.

An Afghan police officer was also killed and an interpreter injured.

Dube, a combat engineer, is the 120th Canadian soldier to die on the Afghan mission, the second in a week.

Let us never forget him. May he Rest in Peace.

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