Slain journalist Lang honoured in memorial
Bronze plaque adds Lang, Nuttall, Boyes to Saskatchewan War Memorial
Michelle Lang, a journalist who died while covering Canada's mission in Afghanistan, was honoured by the chief of the defence staff at a ceremony in Regina on Saturday.
Lang, 34, was an award-winning journalist who worked at the Regina Leader-Post during her career. The Vancouver-born reporter was covering Afghanistan for the Calgary Herald.
She died Dec. 30, 2009, along with four Canadian soldiers, when the armoured vehicle they were in was hit by an explosive device in the city of Kandahar.
Lang's name was added to an Afghanistan plaque at the Saskatchewan War Memorial on the grounds of the provincial legislature.
Gen. Walt Natynczyk unveiled the plaque with Lang's name and the names of two soldiers, also with ties to Saskatchewan, who died in Afghanistan in 2009.
The soldiers are former Regina resident Lt. Andrew Nuttall and Lt. Justin Boyes of Saskatoon, who were killed in separate bomb attacks.
Nuttall, 30, of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, was killed Dec. 23 by an improvised explosive device while on patrol about 25 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City.
Boyes, 26, of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was 10 days into his second deployment to Afghanistan when he was killed by an improvised explosive device Oct. 28, in Afghanistan's Panjwaii district.
Altogether, the Saskatchewan War Memorial's Afghanistan section honours 14 soldiers and Lang.
"These 15 Canadians — great Canadians — will always be remembered," Natynczyk said at the ceremony.
Lang was the first Canadian journalist killed in Afghanistan since the Canadian mission began there in 2002.
With files from The Canadian Press