The family members of a 22-year-old Argyll and Sutherland reservist who took his own life five years ago were presented with memorial crosses at a ceremony at Hamilton’s Central Presbyterian Church, Saturday.
Cpl. Justin Stark died of suicide in October 2011–10 months after returning from a 6 month tour-of-duty in Afghanistan.
Lt.-Gov. Elizabeth Dowdeswell presented Memorial Crosses to Stark’s mother, father, and sister, while Memorial Ribbons were given to other family members.
The Memorial Cross–sometimes called the Silver Cross–is awarded to family members of Canadian soldiers “who were killed or died on active duty, or whose death was attributed to such duty.”
The solemn ceremony–held at Central Presbyterian Church here in Hamilton–helped the family find closure in their long quest for recognition for their lost loved one.