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Photos, video of Canadian troops welcomed home from Afghanistan

Watch above: The conclusion of Canada’s 12-year mission in Afghanistan is a huge relief to the families of those who served. Mike Le Couteur reports.

OTTAWA – The last 93 Canadian soldiers to leave Afghanistan are being welcomed home with the news that May 9 will be designated a day of honour to commemorate their work.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper says the day will be dedicated to recognizing the efforts of the military in Afghanistan and to remember the 158 soldiers killed as part of the mission.

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GALLERY: Troops hug, kiss their loved ones upon return home

Major Carl Gravel holds his partner Genevieve after she jumped into his arms on his arrival March 18, 2014 in Ottawa as the last Canadian soldiers to leave Afghanistan arrived home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Cpl. Danny Berube plays with his four-year-old son Jaxx after arriving at the airport March 18, 2014 in Ottawa as the last Canadian soldiers to leave Afghanistan arrived home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Cpl. Brett Prices kisses his 14-month-old daughter Brynlee as he stands with his wife Brittany Price during a welcoming ceremony at the airport March 18, 2014 in Ottawa. Price was one of the last Canadian soldiers to return from Afghanistan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Lt.-Cmdr. Gina Connor (right) kisses her mother Liliana Creelman as her daughter Cassie Connor (left) looks on as she arrives in Ottawa March 18, 2014 as the last Canadian soldiers to leave Afghanistan arrive home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
MCpl Anthony Alliot and Sarah Tooth kiss after the last Canadian troops from Afghanistan returned to Ottawa on March 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

The troops filed off a C-17 transport plane to a receiving line that included Harper, Gov. Gen. David Johnston and Gen. Tom Lawson, the chief of the defence staff.

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They then moved into a cavernous hangar to hugs and kisses from loved ones and a hearty welcome home from Johnston.

Their plane arrived with an escort of two CF-18 fighter jets.

WATCH: The last Canadian troops stationed in Afghanistan arrive in Ottawa

READ MORE: Canadian military involvement in Afghanistan formally ends

The Canadians formally lowered their flag in Kabul last week, marking the end of a mission that began with the deployment of some special forces soldiers in late 2001.

In addition to the 158 military dead, a Canadian diplomat, a journalist and two civilian contractors were also killed.

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