Michelle Lang included in war memorial

Calgary Herald reporter
Michelle Lang, who was killed last December while covering the war in
Afghanistan, will have her name added to Saskatchewan’s war memorial.

“She is being treated, certainly by the military and by ourselves, as every bit as courageous as anybody else who’s on that plaque who died in Afghanistan,” said Cliff Walker, a member of the memorial’s executive committee, told the Vancouver Sun.

The National Post reports that Walker said “there was never any debate about inscribing the name of a journalist among the soldiers who have also died in Afghanistan.”

Lang, 34, and four Canadian soldiers were killed on December 30 when their armoured vehicle struck an improvised explosive device just outside of Kandahar.

Lang was on assignment for Canwest News Service. She will be honoured on the Saskatchewan War Memorial alongside two Saskatchewan-born soldiers, Lieutenants Andrew Nuttall and Justin Boyes.