Marc Diab remembered for his courage
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.
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