Unit: 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
Date of incident: September 3, 2008
Incident description: insurgent attack
Growing up in Winnipeg, Mike Seggie dreamed that, one day, he’d follow in his father’s footsteps and carve out a career in the military.
“When we were sitting in math glass in Grade 9, he was talking about wanting to go into the military, so that’s where he ended up,” recalls Chris Lein, Seggie’s high school friend.
Family members described Seggie as a wonderful son, brother and uncle who had a deep commitment to the military – just like his father, who was a reservist for more than 30 years. His dad, uncle, and grandfather were involved in the military and that influenced his decision to join.
Friends described Seggie as a person who always stood up for what he believed in. He was described as fearless and brave.
“The night before he left, we asked him if he was afraid of where he was going, and he said, ‘No, I’m not afraid at all. This is my job. . . . This is what I’ve been trained for and this is what I’m going to do.’ ”