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Lest We Forget – Michael Bruce Freeman

The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial - Quinte West, Ontario
Private Michael Freeman was killed and three other soldiers were injured when their armoured vehicle was struck by an explosion in Zharey District about 12:45 p.m. Kandahar time, December 26, 2008. Private Michael Freeman was from 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Petawawa. Joint Task Force Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) is the Canadian Forces (CF) contribution to the international effort in Afghanistan. Its operations focus on working with Afghan authorities to improve security, governance and economic development in Afghanistan. JTF-Afg comprises more than 2,750 CF members. Most of them serve at Kandahar Airfield or Camp Nathan Smith, the home of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Kandahar City. CF members also work at various military headquarters and support bases in southwest Asia, and with civilian organizations in Afghanistan. Le Soldat Michael Freeman a été tué aujourd’hui et trois autres ont été blessés lorsque leur véhicule blindé a été la cible d’une explosion. L’incident est survenu dans le district de Zharey vers 12 h 45, heure de Kandahar le 26 décembre 2008. Le Soldat Michael Freeman appartenait au 3e Bataillon, The Royal Canadian Regiment, de la Base des Forces canadiennes de Petawawa. La Force opérationnelle interarmées en Afghanistan (JTF-Afg) est la contribution des Forces canadiennes à l’effort international en Afghanistan. Ses opérations portent sur la collaboration avec les autorités afghanes afin d’améliorer la sécurité, la gouvernance et le développement économique en Afghanistan. La JTF-Afg se compose de plus de 2 750 membres des FC. La plupart d’entre eux servent à l’aérodrome de Kandahar ou au Camp Nathan Smith, foyer de l’Équipe provinciale de reconstruction à Kandahar City. Les membres des FC travaillent aussi dans divers quartiers généraux militaires et bases de soutien dans le sud-ouest asiatique et avec des organisations civiles en Afghanistan.
Private Michael Freeman was killed and three other soldiers were injured when their armoured vehicle was struck by an explosion in Zhari District about 12:45 p.m. Kandahar time, December 26, 2008.

Peterborough, Ontario native Michael Bruce Freeman used golf help him get through his time serving Canada during a tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Unfortunately his life was taken on December 26, 2008 when his armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device during a security patrol.

The 28 year-old was the 104th Canadian to be killed in the country while serving his nation.

Freeman was a member of the November Company, 3rd Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment from CFB Petawawa.

Well known among his comrades was his love of golf.  How much did he love the game?  He built his own driving range at the Canadian post where he served in the Zhari district, using his down time between missions outside the wire to fine tune his swing.

A Toronto Star report quotes his grandfather as saying that Michael was sent off with “thousands” of golf balls for his mission by his father.

Freeman would reportedly reward the local children with candy for retrieving the golf balls at his “range”.

In his honour a Private Michael Freeman Memorial Golf Tournament was created that raises funds for Camp Maple Leaf, a residential summer camp in the Kawartha Region of Ontario.

On November 11 take a few minutes to remember those who fought and lost their lives so we could have the freedom we have today, or better still, on a daily basis thank those veterans and those still serving with a simple Thank You.