The Canadian flag felt heavy as I carried a fellow soldier's coffin. I still feel it 17 years later

This is a First Person column by Matthew Heneghan, who lives in Falkland, B.C. For more information about CBC’s First Person stories, please see the FAQ.

The military uniform is as uncomfortable as it is inspiring. It is far more than just threading, stitches, buttons and badges that gleam — it is earned over a crucible of trial and test. Sink or swim moments woven together over the span of weeks, months and, in some cases, years. It boasts with a unique humility the soldier’s name, rank and all of the things they’ve accomplished. Deeds and qualifications rest with perfection on the chest and sleeves of the wearer, telling a

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