To Honour Canada's Military

Canadian Forces CF (Canadian Forces)

The Canadian Forces have derived many of their traditions and symbols from the military, navy and air force of the United Kingdom, including those with royal elements. Contemporary icons and rituals, however, have evolved to include elements reflective of Canada and the Canadian monarchy.
ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Motto: Assistance and Cooperation

The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) was a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan, established by the United Nations Security Council in December 2001 by Resolution 1386, as envisaged by the Bonn Agreement. Its main purpose was to train the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) and assist Afghanistan in rebuilding key government institutions, but was also engaged in the 2001–present war with the Taliban insurgency.
Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Royal Canadian Horse Artillery

RCHA units are the senior units of the Canadian land field force, with a history dating back to the birth of Canada as a nation. 'A' and 'B' Batteries of Garrison Artillery were formed as the first units of Canada's permanent military force in 1871 in Kingston and Quebec City respectively, with a third ('C' Battery) authorized in 1883 and formed in 1887 in Esquimalt. These bore the name of the Regiment of Canadian Artillery, with the Royal Canadian Artillery being formed as the militia element in 1895. In 1905, to distinguish between the regular force and militia, the regulars were given the title Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. In addition to the three regiments currently serving, two further regiments have served in the past prior to being disbanded:

Battle Honours
Sgt Taylor Kirk Garret
Rank: Sergeant Sgt
Service Number: B65 466 079
Born: Apr 10, 1981 Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: Afghanistan
Service: CF (Canadian Forces)
Battle Group: ISAF (International Security Assistance Force)
Regiment: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery
Service Details :
84 Independent Field Battery. Sgt Taylor was one of four Canadian soldiers killed by a massive roadside bomb explosion.

Sacrifice Medal (SM)
The Sacrifice Medal was created in the context of increased casualties in overseas operations to fulfill the desire of Canadians and the Government to provide formal recognition, through the award of an official medal emanating from the Crown, to those who die as a result of military service or are wounded by hostile action. This honour replaces the Wound Stripe
The Medal may be awarded to members of the Canadian Forces, members of an allied force working as an integral part of the Canadian Forces such as exchange personnel, civilian employees of the Government of Canada or Canadian citizens under contract with the Government of Canada, on the condition that they were deployed as part of a military mission under the authority of the Canadian Forces, that have, on or after October 7, 2001, died or been wounded under honourable circumstances as a direct result of hostile action on the condition that the wounds that were sustained required treatment by a physician and the treatment has been documented.
The Medal may also be awarded posthumously to any member of the Canadian Forces who served on or after 7 October 2001 in the Regular Force, Primary Reserve, Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service or Canadian Rangers, or any member of the Supplementary Reserve who served in or with one of the components aforementioned on or after 7 October 2001, and dies under honourable circumstances as a result of an injury or disease related to military service.
When a death is obviously related to service, the SM will be issued immediately. When the cause of death is not clear, the SM will only be issued once Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has officially determined that the death was related to military service, in such a case, delays are to be expected before the SM can be awarded.
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)
This general service award has been created as a means to recognize - in a timelier manner - those who serve in operations in the presence of an armed enemy. Rather than creating a new honour for each new Canadian Forces operation as it arises, the General Campaign Star and General Service Medal - with their theatre or service specific ribbons - can be awarded in future to honour participation in any operation that meets the criteria. The General Campaign Star (GCS) is awarded to members of the Canadian Forces and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who deploy into a defined theatre of operations to take part in operations in the presence of an armed enemy.
The GCS is always issued with a ribbon specific to the theatre or type of service being recognized, and each ribbon has its own criteria.
The GCS with South-West Asia ribbon is awarded to Canadian Forces members and members of allied forces working with the Canadian Forces who served either:
with the Canadian contribution to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) in Afghanistan for at least 30 days cumulative between 24 April 2003 and 31 July 2009, in the theatre of operations which consisted of the political boundaries and airspace of Afghanistan; and/or in the theatre of operations consisting of the political boundaries of Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, the Gulf of Oman, the Gulf of Aden, the Red Sea, the Suez Canal and those parts of the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea that are west of sixty-eight degrees East longitude and north of five degrees South latitude, as well as the airspace above those areas for at least 30 cumulative days commencing on August 1, 2009, provided that the service has not been recognized by another service medal.

Service Notes: Called "Sgt Morale", he was a natural born leader with a witty sense of humour. He was remembered as a quietly confident, witty and dedicated man who had long aspired to serve in the war-torn country to contribute to the hopes of the Afghan people. He deployed on Task Force 3-09 to Afghanistan in October 2009, with the Provincial Reconstruction Team as a CIMIC Operator. Sergeant Taylor was a natural born leader. His professionalism and dedication to the task at hand, as well as those under his command, was truly remarkable. As a volunteer instructor with 110 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) and as a Team Leader with the Yarmouth Ground Search and Rescue Team, he demonstrated that his passion for helping those in need extended far beyond that which was required of him as a soldier and a care worker with Y.A.C.R.O.
Enlisted: April 5, 2000 Yarmouth NS
Pre/Post War: Originally from Bear Point, NS Sgt Taylor was a reservist and volunteered for this tour of duty. He also worked for an agency in Yarmouth that provides residential support for people with disabilities, and was a mentor to disadvantaged youth. George earned a Bachelor of Education Degree in 2005 from the University of Alberta. He went on to become a Math and Physical Education teacher at St. Cecilia Junior High School in Edmonton, a vocation he truly enjoyed. In his civilian life he worked at Y.A.C.R.O.(Yarmouth Association for Community Residential Options). At his job, he worked with people with special needs from all walks of life. Sergeant Taylor completed the Tactical CIMIC Operator course in April 2008.

Deceased: December 30, 2009 at Kandahar City, Afghanistan
Cemetery Chegoggin Cemetery Yarmouth,
Obituary: On December 30, 2009, Sergeant Kirk Taylor of Edmonton passed away suddenly while serving in Afghanistan with the Canadian Forces. Sgt Taylor is survived by his mother Tina Smith, younger brother Jim Wickens and sister Stephanie Wickens, his girlfriend Felicia Raymond, extended family and friends. His father, Gary William Taylor, predeceased him in 1983.
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Sgt Kirk Garret Taylor
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Medals and Commendations
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Sacrifice Medal (SM)
General Campaign Star – SOUTH-WEST ASIA (GCS-SWA)

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