Nov 24, 2011 – 10:57 AM ET | Last Updated: Nov 24, 2011 2:21 PM ET
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A flyover the West Block of Parliament Hill on Thursday by RCAF aircraft deployed in Libya in recognition of the Canadian Forces contribution to support of the Libyan people
Prime Minister Stephen Harper attended the ceremony under grey Ottawa skies with his wife, Laureen, and Lt.-Gen. Charles Bouchard, who oversaw the NATO mission that helped oust dictator Muammar Gaddafi.
Gov. Gen. David Johnston inspected the guard of honour as a 21-gun salute rang out.
A medal award ceremony were also expected after a flyby of 10 aircraft, which included seven CF-18s, two C-17 Globemasters and a Sea King helicopter from HMCS Charlottetown.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay, who also attended the ceremony, had earlier addressed concerns that soldiers who have spent the past 10 years fighting in Afghanistan are being snubbed in favour of those who took part in the Libyan mission.
“There will be a time, I assure you, that we will be doing something similar for the Afghan veterans,” MacKay told CBC.
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He repeated his past comments that it would be premature to celebrate efforts in Afghanistan at this point, adding that any ceremony wouldn’t take place until after the new training mission for Canadian Forces in the war-torn country ends in 2014.
Canada’s combat operations ended this past summer.