Afghanistan Memorial

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A unique, travelling memorial to members of the Canadian Armed Forces who lost their lives in Afghanistan is at the Centennial Building in Fredericton this week.

Afg006The Memorial Vigil was crafted from recovered memorial plaques that were part of the cenotaph at the Kandahar Air Field, the coalition base during the war in Afghanistan. The display focuses on fallen Canadians, including the 158 soldiers, a Canadian diplomat, a contractor, a journalist as well as 40 U.S. Armed Forces personnel attached to the Canadian Forces.

Afg001The original cenotaph was a memorial structure for Canadian soldiers to commemorate their fallen comrades while deployed in Afghanistan. The rest of the cenotaph is housed in a warehouse in Ottawa.

Afg002More than 39,000 Canadian Armed Forces members have served in Afghanistan or in support of the mission from other locations around the world during the past 12 years.

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Afg004The display is travelling across Canada and the United States until Nov. 12.

The final destination is Ottawa in time for Remembrance week in November. A permanent home for the memorial has yet to be determined.