Soldiers return home from Afghanistan

The final Canadian soldiers have returned home from the combat and training mission in Afghanistan. They were met by a crowd of very eager family members and friends, as well as Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson, and Chief of Defence Staff General Tom Lawson.

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Master Corporal Anthony Alliot kisses Sarah Tooth after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

The last Canadian soldiers from Afghanistan are greeted by dignitaries as they deplane in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Major Carl Gravel (R) embraces his wife Genevieve after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Warrant Officer Josie Swyer hugs her brother Roy Swyer after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Leading Seaman Brett Price (R) is reunited with his wife Brittany and daughter Brynlee after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Corporal Patrick Cayer (R) hugs his girlfriend Kymberly Merrell after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Corporal Mike Bosica holds his son Jaxyn during a ceremony after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 Canadian soldiers return from Afghanistan

Master Corporal Anthony Alliot (C) embraces Sarah Tooth during a ceremony after arriving from Afghanistan in Ottawa March 18, 2014. Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan has formally ended, according to the military.     REUTERS/Blair Gable     (CANADA)

 

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