Fallen soldiers honoured with plaque

Sherry Martell
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TATAMAGOUCHE - Chilling fall winds tossed leaves across the Sharon United Church lawn as about 30 people gathered to remember three fallen soldiers.

A brief emotional service was held at the cenotaph there, including an unveiling of a plaque listing the names of three recently fallen soldiers with family ties to the Tatamagouche area, Pte. Nathan Smith, Sgt. Darcy Tedford and Capt. Derek Nichols.

"It's important that their names are here, along with veterans of past wars," said Royal Canadian Legion member Bill Cameron, who participated in the service Sunday afternoon.

He said the legion recently updated the cenotaph also adding names of veterans who served in the First World War.

Family members of all three men laid a wreath near the cenotaph during the ceremony.

A tribute to the fallen:

Pte. Nathan Smith of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI), 27, was one of the first four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

He died along side comrades Sgt. Marc Leger, Cpl. Ainsworth Dyer, and Pte. Richard Green, attacked by friendly fire April 17, 2002 on a training exercise near Kandahar. His parents Lloyd and Charlotte reside in Tatamagouche.

Canadian Forces pilot Capt. Derek Nichols, 34, was killed June 28, 2004 while on exchange with the U.S. Marines when his F-18 Hornet crashed after skidding off the runway and flipping over following a 10-hour flight from Denmark.

Sgt. Darcy Tedford, 32, was killed on Oct. 14, 2006 in an ambush in the Panjwayi Region of Afghanistan along with Pte Blaike Williamson, both of the 1st battalion of the Royal Canadian Regiment Charles Company.

Organizations: Sharon United Church, Royal Canadian Legion, Canadian Forces U.S. Marines Royal Canadian Regiment Charles Company

Geographic location: TATAMAGOUCHE, Afghanistan, Kandahar Denmark

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