A Canadian Killed Fighting ISIS Will Be Honoured On Friday
The Canadian Heroes Foundation says that a Canadian man, John Gallagher, was killed earlier this month in Syria while fighting the Islamic State. The foundation has organised that Gallagher be repatriated on Friday.
Gallagher was only 32 when he was killed. The group has said on their website that Gallagher’s body will travel from Toronto along Highway 401 to the Southwestern Ontario community of Blenheim on Friday afternoon.
The group has also encouraged people to line the bridges along the highways to show their respect. The Canadian Heroes Foundation has also said that a public ceremony will be held later this month in Toronto.
There are conflicting reports about how Gallagher died but initial reports say that he was killed by a suicide bomber. However, the National Post has reported that he was shot at close range.
John Gallagher was a volunteer fighter after he retired from the Canadian military a few years ago before they began their mission in Afghanistan. Gallagher was fighting alongside a Kurdish group known as the People’s Protection Units (YPG) which often recruits English speaking fighters from Canada, the UK and the US.
“He used to be in the military. He was fighting the right fight that he believed in. I think he deserves a hero’s welcome home,” said Casper Koevoets of the Royal Canadian Legion’s Victory branch in London.
Because Gallagher was a volunteer fighter he is not entitled to a full blown military repatriation but the foundation says that they want Gallagher to receive the same welcome home that fallen soldiers get.
The service is important to Gallagher’s family and he has served his country and been passionate about what he was doing.