The month of November is strewn with thoughts of remembrance, but sometimes in the whirlwind of everyday life we don’t take time to think of those who sacrificed their lives for Canada. The new Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial acts as a tribute that recognizes the family and friends who gave up their lives in Afghanistan. The Memorial will be unveiled in a ceremony on Saturday, November 10th at 1:00 pm.
The Memorial is located in the peaceful setting of Bain Park in Trenton, and marks the beginning of the Highway of Heroes – the path that extends from Trenton to Toronto. The spot proves to be a very fitting location as the repatriation ceremonies occur nearby.
The monument is a project two years in the making. This particular design was chosen from submissions from all across Canada and evokes a feeling of quiet reflection and contemplation. A pair of granite benches provides a resting place for those who come to reflect on peace while they gaze upon the two large granite maple leaves: the red leaf engraved with the Canadian Forces emblem and provincial shields, and the black leaf containing the names of the 138 soldiers lost in Afghanistan.
The memorial is a cross-country effort, all funds donated by Canadian citizens through the Give To Honour Those Who Gave campaign.
Watch the progress of the project or make a donation to honour the soldiers by visiting: www.afghanistanmemorial.ca