Marc Diab remembered for his courage

09Mar09

A Lebanese-Canadian has become the latest solider to be killed in the country’s peace keeping efforts in Afghanistan. Marc Diab, 22, from The Royal Canadian Dragoons, immigrated to Canada along with his family in 2000. According to his mother, Jihan was proud to serve his adopted country and had dreamed of a military career since he was eight years old.

What a hero he is. He was never scared. He wanted peace for every single part of the world,” said Jihan Diab. He also had planned to continue his military career after his five-year stint was done in 2011.

Reports from the Canadian Press state that more than 2,000 NATO soldiers gathered near the transport plane waiting to receive Diab’s flag-draped casket during a somber ramp ceremony. Diab becomes the 112th Canadian soldier to die as part of this peace-keeping mission.

A hard working man who wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, Marc was deeply involved in the community working closely with children. He was the leader of a yearly church camp for kids, where he taught outdoor survival skills, preparing for this years camp even from Afghanistan. Marc also played keyboards and taught Arabic and Toronto’s Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church.

He was serving as a member of the 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group based in Petawawa, Ontario. He was killed in an attack in the southern part of Shah Wali Kot district, a mountainous region well known as an entry point for Taliban fighters. Four other Canadian soldiers wounded in the attack are reported in stable condition. Three of them were flown to a medical facility in Germany. Their names will not be released.

Online condolences can be sent to the Diab family.

Watch the clip report below by clicking on Marc’s photography.



5 Responses to “Marc Diab remembered for his courage”

  1. 1 Conserving the memory of a Canadian "Fallen"

    You might want to search all the surnames on the VWM, and those at LAC, WW! CEF Attestations, to see if any other Lebanese names appear. In the First World War about half those who volunteered were migrants
    from a wide range of homelands.

  2. 2 Conserving the memory of a Canadian "Fallen"

    Not everyone’s aware that for each of our War Dead 1899 and ongoing today, Vets Affairs creates an individual identity file on tits VIRTUAL WAR MEMORIAL of Canada project, started about 10 years ago.
    It is online only. Unlike most publicly-funded memorials, it is interactive.
    The public is asked to submit JPEG images that capture the Fallen man or woman’s indivduality not
    just in uniform but in civilian and family life. Not just memorialized as a war casualty but for the person
    known in life.
    It sounds like there are photos and clippings whose images would enhance Diab’s file and keep his memory
    fresh for future generations. Perhaps someone could tell his family, and even help submit appropriate
    images – Marc as they knew him..[To have the contributor’s name displayed, type your message into the TEXT box. The donation info form is not made public .Anonymity is fine too.
    Regards

  3. 3 John

    its truly sad to see a person who is only 22 and the only son in the family and he was engaged…..it truly hurts u until u have lost someone u care about.i will always mark when we were at the camp when it was 2005 best two weeks of my life:D:D:D…we will never forget u mark diab ull always be in our hearts:(

  4. 4 joe

    allah yirhamu

  5. It makes me wonder when will the Canadians understand it’s a losing war for them!


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