Design for Afghanistan War Memorial revealed
The memorial will include a stone from an Inukshuk dedicated to the fallen that was erected by Canadian soldiers at Kandahar Airfield.
The design for the Memorial to Honour Canadian Heroes of the War in Afghanistan has been revealed.
The monument will honour the veterans and the fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan.
"During the war in Afghanistan, more than 40,000 Canadian soldiers fought with courage and honour to defend our values and keep the world safe," said Premier Doug Ford.
The memorial will be located on the south lawn of Queen's Park within the footprint of the Ontario Veterans' Memorial. It was designed to complement the existing war memorial to create a seamless timeline of Canada's military history.
The new memorial will consist of granite and bronze elements etched with images from the war that tell the story of Canada's involvement in the conflict.
"This memorial will serve as a lasting legacy to the Canadian soldiers who served in the war in Afghanistan - including those who tragically lost their lives," said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage. "Ontarians will forever have a space to show their respect and gratitude to these brave men and women on the legislative grounds."
The memorial was designed by PFS Studio with input from a consultation panel, chaired by General (Ret'd) Rick Hillier, who commanded a NATO mission in Afghanistan and was Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces from 2005 to 2008.
"It is a privilege and honour to support the design and build of this memorial," said Hillier. "It will be a touchstone for veterans of the war and their families for years to come, showing respect and appreciation while eliciting emotion, memories and pride."
The memorial will include a stone from an Inukshuk dedicated to the fallen that was erected by Canadian soldiers at Kandahar Airfield — almost 11,000 kilometres away.
The war in Afghanistan was Canada’s largest military deployment since the Second World War. From 2001 to 2014, over 40,000 men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces served in Afghanistan.
In total, 158 Canadian soldiers and 10 civilians were killed during the war in Afghanistan, and over 2,000 were wounded.
The memorial is expected to be completed in fall 2020.