Thousands of people gathered in Calgary to pay tribute to a Canadian soldier killed in Afghanistan in an annual run and walk event.
Michael Hornburg says it’s been 1,000 days since his son, Nathan, was killed by mortar fire during a mission overseas.
The father says it would have been his son’s 27th birthday on Saturday.
The Loops for the Troops event attracts many military families and their friends.
Eric Johnston, a former soldier, says he’ll soon return to the war-torn country as a private contractor, adding that such festivities make soldiers realize they’re not alone.