The family of Canadian soldier who died in 2008 attended a flag ceremony at Edmonton's Guthrie School on Wednesday to mark the end of the military mission in Afghanistan.

Sgt. Shawn Eades, 33, died while on his third tour of duty to Afghanistan, one of 158 Canadian soldiers killed during the 12-year mission.

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Shawn Eades, 33, was killed by a roadside bomb in 2008. ((DND))

His daughter Niya was only four when he was killed by a roadside bomb.

“Sometimes it's a little bit hard because I didn't know him long,” she said Wednesday.

Lisa Schamehorn Eades says she was always aware of the possibility that her husband would not return home.

“That was his job and he always knew the risks,” she said. “We as a family knew the risks and we decided as a family that was what he was set out to do.”

Many of the students at Guthrie School, just north of Edmonton, come from military families

A wall of honour in the hallway has pictures and descriptions of parents who have served in Afghanistan.