Soldier returns from Afghanistan with Shelburne flag

Published on October 20, 2010
Mayor Al Delaney (left) and town councillors accepted the return of the town flag from Warrant Officer James Smith (centre). Greg Bennett photo


By Greg Bennett

The Coast Guard

A Town of Shelburne flag that flew proudly over Canadian soldiers serving in Kandahar, Afghanistan is back home, along with the local soldier who requested it.

In February the town received a request from Warrant Officer James Smith. Town Council readily agreed, but had only one flag tucked away in a safe. A decision was made to have several flags fashioned and one sent to the soldier.

For several months, the Shelburne flag was flown at the entrance of Camp Nathan Smith near Kandahar City in the southern province of Kandahar, one of the Afghan provinces in greatest need of support, and also among those most targeted by insurgents.

The town flag flew amongst those of the hometowns of several soldiers.

During a short ceremony during a Wednesday, Oct. 13 Shelburne Town Council meeting, the town officially accepted the return of the flag and offered thanks to the soldier and welcomed him back home.