03/18/2014 09:19 EDT | Updated 05/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Afghanistan mission: Stephen Harper welcomes troops home

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to announce a national commemoration of Canada's mission in Afghanistan this morning as he meets with the last group of soldiers returning home in Ottawa. will be livestreaming the event.

The troops, escorted by CF-18 fighter jets, are due to arrive at the Ottawa airport where they will be greeted with a welcome ceremony that includes Governor General David Johnston, Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and Defence Chief General Thomas Lawson. 

It marks the formal conclusion of Canada's twelve-year mission in Afghanistan.