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Legion Acknowledges Formal End to Afghanistan Mission

OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 03/17/14 -- Dominion President of The Royal Canadian Legion, Gordon Moore, acknowledged the end of a significant era for the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan on Wednesday.

"After more than twelve years and at a cost to Canada of the lives of 158 soldiers, one diplomat, one journalist and two civilian contractors, we have lowered the Canadian flag in Kabul, Afghanistan for the last time proud in the knowledge that Canada has made a difference and set an excellent example," says Moore.

President Moore expresses our thanks to the approximately 40,000 members of the Canadian military who took part in this mission over the past twelve years and expressed the shared sympathies of the entire Royal Canadian Legion with the families and friends of the Canadians who paid the supreme sacrifice.

The Legion is there to support all CAF members and their families at more than 1450 branches across Canada offering a welcoming place created by Veterans for Veterans. Through its nation-wide Service Bureau Network of trained professionals, the Legion provides all Veterans with assistance and representation regarding disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. "The Legion is a changing and growing organization, and we are looking forward to supporting those who have served our country and their families," states Moore.

ABOUT THE LEGION

Established in 1926, the Legion is the largest Veterans' and community support organization in Canada with more than 320,000 members. Its mission is to serve all Veterans including serving Canadian Armed Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police members as well as their families, to promote Remembrance and to serve our communities and our country.

The Legion's Service Bureau Network provides assistance and representation to all Veterans regarding their disability claims, benefits and services from Veterans Affairs Canada and the Veterans Review and Appeal Board. In communities across Canada it is the Legion that perpetuates Remembrance through the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day ceremonies. With more than 1, 460 branches, the Legion supports programs for seniors, Veterans' housing, outreach and visitation, youth leadership, education, sports, Cadets, Guides and Scouts.

We Will Remember Them.

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