In 2006 I went to Afghanistan on a show tour. While we were there Canadian Captain Nichola Goddard lost her life in combat. I wrote this poem and over the last couple of days I put together this lyric video to honour her and the many soldier that gave their lives. Several of the picture are from my own collection. As you can imagine it was a life changing experience of being there, from the moment they told us that Nichola was killed, to the ramp ceremony that carried her home.
I have since sat at her mother and father’s kitchen table and shared my experience of being there. This is truly an exception family and to this day Nicholas father Timothy Goddard who is the Dean of the University in PEI, still travels to Afghanistan and continues to help develop educational programs for the Afghan people. I could go on about the family but after spending some time with them I’m not surprised they raised a captain on the front line. I will never forget her or the other men and women who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom. Let’s not ever forget that.