Silver cross mother remembers fallen soldier son

A small town in southwestern New Brunswick hosted a Silver Cross mother for Monday's Remembrance Day services.

Kate Stannix's son Chris died in Afghanistan 2007

Kate and Ken Stannix stand at the grave of their son Master Cpl. Chris Stannix who was killed in Afghanistan. (Myfanwy Davis)

A small town in southwestern New Brunswick hosted a Silver Cross mother for Monday's Remembrance Day services.

Kate Stannix of McAdam lost her son Chris in Afghanistan on Easter Sunday, April 2007, less than three months after he had arrived in the country.

The 24-year-old, a reservist with the Princess Louise Fusilier, was in an armoured vehicle that was hit by a roadside bomb.

Chris's grave is in McAdam, his parents' hometown. They moved back there last year.

Master Cpl. Chris Stannix was one of six soldiers who died in Afghanistan on Easter Sunday 2007. (DND)

The Silver Cross is given to families of fallen Canadian military personnel.

"I always feel there is a kind of solidarity there, that we're all in this together and I kind of lay the wreath for what remaining veterans from the other World War II or the Korean War that are still left around," said Kate Stannix.

"I didn't realize how much the flag would mean to you once you've seen it draped on your son's casket and then to see it flying, proudly. And I thought that is the reason that Chris gave his life for his country and for his beliefs."

Chris was the middle child in a family of three. He was engaged to be married when he was killed.

He accepted a demotion to go over to Afghanistan from the rank of master corporal to corporal.

However, the master corporal rank has been restored to him.

Kate & Ken Stannix say it was their son Chris's 'essence' to look after the underdog. (Myfanwy Davis/CBC)

Chris's father Ken Stannix retired from the military in 2011. He was a lieutenant colonel and worked for the North American Aerospace Defence Command in Colorado when his son was killed.

"I never would have expected or never thought I would be in this position. I had always, being in the military, always thought of fallen comrades, but I never thought it would be my son," said Stannix.

"We had a great deal of pride in Chris for wanting to do that and go overseas and to help other people. I think that was his essence throughout his life. 'I will look after the underdog.'"  

Chris Stannix's name is one of five being considered for a new ferry in Halifax Harbour. Public voting is currently taking place.

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