Monday, March 28, 2011

Some Gave All: Cpl. Yannick Scherrer

Cpl. Yannick Scherrer

He was a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal 22nd Regiment, ( VanDoos) based in CFB Valcartier in Quebec.

Corporal Yannick Scherrer, 24, was on a foot patrol with the Afghan National Army near Nakhonai, southwest of Kandahar City.

Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of Corporal Yannick Scherrer in Afghanistan.

“I would like to express my condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of Corporal Yannick Scherrer , who died as the result of an improvised explosive device strike while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Corporal Scherrer served valiantly alongside his comrades as part of the United Nations mandated, NATO-led mission that is working with Afghans for a better and brighter future for Afghanistan.

Corporal Scherrer was an extraordinary Canadian whose commitment and sacrifice for his country will always be remembered.”...

March 27, 2011

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the death of Corporal Yannick Scherrer



Corporal Scherrer answered the call to service and dedicated himself to the cause of peace, security and the rule of law in Afghanistan. He defended these principles with great courage and integrity, earning the respect of his fellow soldiers and bringing honour to the Canadian Forces and to all Canadians. His sense of duty and devotion will not be forgotten.

Canadians are united in sadness by the loss of Corporal Scherrer. Our thoughts are with his family, his loved ones and his comrades-in-arms, to whom we offer our deepest condolences.

From Kandahar:

"Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Cpl. Scherrer’s family and to the soldiers and friends who served alongside him," Canada’s top soldier in Kandahar, Brig.-Dean Milner, said in a statement read beside the Canadian memorial at Kandahar Airfield.

"Canadians can be proud of the progress our soldiers have accomplished for the people of Kandahar," Milner said. "More work remains to be done. We will honour Yannick’s sacrifice by maintaining our resolve and continuing the fight to make Afghanistan a safer and self-sustaining country."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper also expressed his sadness at the death in a statement issued Sunday, saying “the entire country is deeply saddened by your loss.”

“We will forever be grateful for the sacrifice made by Cpl. Scherrer.”

My heart goes out to all who know and love Cpl. Scherrer.

Rest in Peace, Corporal Scherrer.

ALWAYS remembered and honoured.

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