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Afghanistan Memorial Hall open to the public

The Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces have established a system for escorted access to the Afghanistan Memorial Hall for the families of the fallen on a priority basis. These guided visits began on May 26, 2019, and will continue under separate arrangements.

 In the meantime, members of the public are also invited to visit the Afghanistan Memorial Hall at the National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa, beginning on May 31, 2019, at 3:30 p.m., to honour those who lost their lives during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

“The Afghanistan Memorial Hall is a permanent reminder of the bravery, dedication, and sacrifice made by all Canadian Armed Forces members, United States forces serving under Canadian command and Canadian civilians who contributed to the Afghanistan mission. It pays tribute to the soldiers, aviators, sailors, and civilians who lost their lives during this mission. It also serves as a reminder of those who returned home with physical and invisible wounds. I am pleased to see the Memorial Hall is being visited by families of the fallen and is now open to the public. And I look forward to officially re-dedicating this memorial alongside families of the fallen to remember their loved ones who made the ultimate sacrifice for us in Afghanistan,” stated General Jonathan Vance, Chief of the Defence Staff in a press release.

 Canadian Armed Forces personnel will guide each public visit and provide visitors with information on Canada’s military contribution in Afghanistan.

One hundred and fifty-eight Canadian Armed Forces personnel, a Canadian diplomat, a DND contractor, a Canadian journalist who was embedded with the Canadian Armed Forces, and 43 United States armed forces members who were under Canadian command were killed during our military engagement in Afghanistan.

 Planning is underway to hold a re-dedication event for the Kandahar Cenotaph in the coming months. Details on this event will be shared as soon as information is available.

Individuals wishing to find out more information on visit schedules, registration process, and timelines, and contact details may email VisitorAfghanMemorial-VisiteurMemorialAfghan@forces.gc.ca. Please note that members of the public must register in advance.

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As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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