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Honouring our fallen is a noble exercise—but so is questioning the fight

By Scott Taylor      

Looking beyond a cenotaph, if Canada really wanted to honour the soldiers, we would conduct a full parliamentary inquiry into how we were drawn into an unwinnable war.

Lt.-Col. Mark Chinner lays a wreath during a 2016 Remembrance Day ceremony at the Afghanistan Memorial at 12 Wing Shearwater, N.S. Controversy over the location and dedication of the repatriated Kandahar cenotaph in Ottawa has raised other questions about how the government honours fallen soldiers, writes Scott Taylor. DND photograph by LS Brad Upshall

OTTAWA—Back in mid-May, the Department of National Defence blew up a media storm of controversy when they held a private dedication ceremony for what had become known as the Kandahar cenotaph. Three days after the May 13 dedication, DND simply posted up some photos on social media, alerting people to the fact that there had been no media advisory, no media present, and, most importantly, no inclusion of the families of the fallen.

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