National Monument for Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan to be created in Ottawa

Last month the National Capital Commission Board of Directors announced it had granted Federal Land Use Approval of the proposed LeBreton Flats, located across the street from the Canadian War Museum for a National Monument to Canada’s Mission in Afghanistan.

The monument will be displayed in Ottawa to honour and recognize the contributions of the more than 40,000 Canadian men and women who served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014, announced the government today.

“The National Capital Commission is proud to work with its partners on this National Monument. The site location will allow all visitors to recognize the commitment and sacrifice of Canadians who served in Afghanistan, and the support provided to them by Canadians at home,” said Tobi Nussbaum, chief executive officer, National Capital Commission.

The Veterans Affairs Canada Commemoration Advisory Group has been consulted throughout the site selection process for the Monument, according to a Department of National Defence press release.

In February of this year, the group endorsed the LeBreton Flats as the preferred location.

The Canadian military took part in the war in Afghanistan from Oct. 2001 until March 2014. Canada’s contribution to the mission in Afghanistan not only included the use of the Canadian Armed Forces but also police forces, public servants, and civilians.

During these 13 years, Canada lost 158 soldiers as well as seven Canadian civilians, including a diplomat, four aid workers, a government contractor, and a journalist.

“Canadians recognize the incredible dedication that our service men and women, and civilians, made while serving in the whole-of-government mission in Afghanistan.

“Today’s announcement is an important step in giving their family and friends, and all Canadians, a place to honour and remember them. This location will offer an accessible and fitting place to quietly reflect and honour the courage, sacrifices and achievements of those who served during our country’s mission in Afghanistan. This Monument will be a perpetual place to remember their selfless duty to our country,” said Minister of Veterans Affairs Lawrence MacAulay.

The next step to bringing this monument to life is a national design competition. Public consultations, including consultations with Veterans, will take place prior to the selection and announcement of the winning design.

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Deborah van der Linde

Deborah is a librarian who is passionate about books, storytelling, and writing. Thanks to her husband Adam’s military career, they have had the great fortune of living all across Canada. Deborah and Adam have two delightful children and a dog that thinks he’s one of the kids.

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