Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan honoured diplomat Glyn Berry at a ceremony on their base in Kandahar, on Tuesday. He was killed in a suicide car bombing last week.
On Sunday a suicide bomber rammed a truck laden with explosives into a military convoy. Berry died and three Canadian soldiers were badly wounded.
Berry was the director of reconstruction projects in Kandahar, a diplomat with a high profile job in one of the most dangerous regions of the country. It was a job he asked for.
Canadian soldiers paid their last respects to the diplomat whose friends described him as courageous and dedicated to helping Afghanistan.
His body will be sent home to his family in London, England.
"My message to Canadians is that now is not the time to weaken in our resolve. In fact, now is the time to strengthen our resolve. We have soldiers here that believe in the cause that we are doing good here in the country of Afghanistan, and as a result good in the war on terrorism," said Col. Steve Noonan who led the ceremony of remembrance.
The attack that killed Berry and wounded the three soldiers is part of a frightening escalation in violence in Afghanistan, with more than 25 suicide attacks in the past four months. The insurgency in Afghanistan is beginning to look more and more like the insurgency in Iraq.
Canada will soon have 2,000 soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan, making this a mission that is not only getting bigger, but more and more hazardous - something the defence minister and the armed forces have been warning Canadians to expect.