POLITICS
05/09/2014 05:39 EDT | Updated 07/09/2014 05:59 EDT

Wynne, Hudak and Horwath pay tribute to Afghan war veterans

Ontario's three party leaders took time from campaigning for the June 12 election to mark Friday's National Day of Honour for veterans of the war in Afghanistan.

At CFB Trenton, Premier Kathleen Wynne said because of those who served in Afghanistan "Canadians woke up this morning and like all mornings, went about their lives with a deeply ingrained sense of liberty, security and freedom."

Wynne said because of the Afghan veterans, Canadians don't have to question their safety, or wonder if their loved ones will return home.

PC Leader Tim Hudak said in a statement he salutes "the gallantry and sacrifice of the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan on this first National Day of Honour."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said in a statement that Canadians across the country "thank members of our armed forces for their service in Afghanistan."

About 40,000 soldiers took part in the country's 12-year Afghan mission.