On 24 December, 2014, the F-16 piloted by Jordanian pilot, 1st Lt. Muath Al-Kasasbeh of Karak crashed due to mechanical problems. Al-Kasasbeh was able to eject, but parachuted into a lake near Raqqa, Syria and was taken prisoner by IS. The Kingdom of Jordan tried in vain to negotiate for his release. It is believed that on 3 February (possibly as early as 3 January), 2015 1st Lt. Muath Al-Kasasbeh was executed by being burnt to death.
Al-Kasasbeh's death sparked outrage throughout the world. Jordanian military spokesperson, Mamdouh al-Ameri, said "While the military forces mourn the martyr, they emphasize his blood will not be shed in vain..."
Muath Al-Kasasbeh married Anwar an-Tarawneh, an engineer, less than three months prior to his capture. This fact moved the House of Mithras to establish the holiday, Martyrs for Freedom Day.
Every year, on the 9th of February, the Sovereign House of Mithras recognizes at least one soldier or serviceman who lost their life while in service to our freedom. And all people are invited and challenged to join us in a way most suited to your traditions and beliefs,
We must never forget the great sacrifices made on our behalf. And we must honour those who were sacrificed, if for no other reason then as tribute to the loved ones who lost them.
Chief of House Security Andrew JR Rutter, CD; Program Director for Martyr's for Freedom Day.
"I was asked just shy of a year ago if I would be willing to pick a hero. A hero whose life we could celebrate and honour on Martyrs for Freedom Day. With my history and military background, I was honoured to say "Yes".
I have chosen a soldier who was a good friend of mine (my best army bud). All he wanted to do with his life was serve, serve in someway to benefit others. Before the army, he was deferred by the RCMP and told he needed more life experience. This year, I hope you will take part in honouring Cpl Dustin Roy Robert Joseph Wasden. He died fighting in a country far away, a country most people only know because of the news and Canada's recent military history their. He may have died far from home, but was as close to family as anyone could be. Dustin left behind his wife, Shannon and his daughter Makayla.
Cpl Wasden died on August 20th, 2008 when the armoured vehicle he was piloting was struck by an IED (improvised explosive device). He was killed along with 2 other brothers, Sgt Shawn Eades and Spr Stephen Stock. There was one survivor of this attack. Hope you're doing will."