Memorial Day 2013…

Sgt Jason James Boyes (1975-2008) 2PPCLI

Sgt Boyes was killed by an explosive device while on foot patrol in the Zangabad region, in the Panjwaii district, approximately 35 km southwest of Kandahar City on March 16th, 2008. Sgt Boyes is survived by his wife Alison, daughter Mackenzie, their dogs and his parents

This year I have chosen to honor a Canadian Solider for Memorial Day. Canada was one of the first Nations to send combat troops into Afghanistan to assist the United States after September 11, 2001.

I knew Jason back when he was only Master Corporal Boyes. We walked together and fought together on the same ground in 2006. Jason was a great Solider and I never knew him to show fear or turn from a fight. Jason loved his job, he loved his country, he loved his family and he loved to work out. I could always count on Sgt Boyes when the time came. You are missed and those of us who got the chance to know you are blessed.

Please take a moment and remember all of those both known and unknown to us who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, living or dead.