TRENTON, ON, Nov. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, and Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament
for Northumberland-Quinte West, today attended the official unveiling
of the new Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton.
"Veterans' Week is a time when Canadians honour those who have
sacrificed to defend Canada's values of freedom and democracy," said
Minister Blaney. "I commend the City of Quinte West for its hard work
and dedication, which has allowed for the creation of this beautiful
memorial. This community now has a special place to honour the men and
women who gave their lives in the service of their country while in
"Canadians are grateful to those who served in Afghanistan and mourn the
loss of those Canadians who made the ultimate sacrifice," said MP
Norlock. "The Government of Canada is committed to commemorating the
sacrifices and achievements of the brave Canadians whose legacy is the
peace and security we continue to enjoy as Canadians."
The new memorial is in a park-like setting, in a quiet and reflective
low-walled area. It contains two large granite maple leafs and is
inscribed with the names of those men and women in uniform who have
died in Afghanistan.
The unveiling ceremony included a parade, speeches by special guests and
local dignitaries, the unveiling of the new monument and reading of the
inscribed names by family members of the fallen, a flypast, a
wreath-laying ceremony and an informal reception.
This Veterans' Week, take time to remember by attending a Remembrance Day ceremony, visiting a local cenotaph or
monument, sharing your thoughts of remembrance online, or wearing a
poppy with pride. Learn more and find remembrance events and activities
in your area at veterans.gc.ca.
Backgrounder for the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Veterans
The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial
The idea for the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial came about two years
ago as a way for everyday Canadians to remember the sacrifices of our
Canadian Armed Forces personnel in Afghanistan. The Afghanistan
Repatriation Memorial will be a beautiful, permanent memorial honoring
our Canadian Armed Forces personnel—the men and women who have
sacrificed their lives in the war in Afghanistan. The entire $1.2
million project is being funded solely by Canadians honouring Canadian
soldiers through the Give to Honour Those Who Gave campaign, with no government assistance. To date, with the project in
its final stages of construction, approximately $800,000 has been
Set in a park-like setting on the beautiful Bay of Quinte and with 8
Wing/CFB Trenton—Canada's largest air force base nearby, the
Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial will be a fitting tribute not far
from where Canadian repatriation ceremonies occur and at the beginning
of our fallen soldiers' journey along the Highway of Heroes, from
Trenton to Toronto.
The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial's design was selected from many
entries; each designed to honour our nation's recognition of the loss
of sons, daughters, husbands, wives, fathers and mothers. Sadly, 158
Canadian service members have fallen to date in this conflict.
The site of the Memorial will be approached by a walkway from a
dedicated parking area off Highway 2, on the east side of Trenton at
RCAF Road alongside the base. The monument itself is in a quiet and
reflective low-walled area containing two large granite maple
leaves—one in red granite inscribed with the Canadian Armed Forces
emblem and provincial shields. The other leaf is in black granite
etched to depict a family's loss with a solitary soldier in black
granite depicting a fallen comrade. This latter maple leaf contains the
names of those who have died in the conflict.
The entire site is designed to be reflective and contemplative in
character and harmonize with its surroundings.
Within the Memorial's circular form, two granite benches will provide
seating for those who come to reflect and enjoy the peace and beauty of
the memorial site and park.
In addition to the monuments, flags and walkways, the Memorial will be
professionally landscaped with shrubbery, plants, flowers and trees. It
will also be lighted and maintained year round.
(Taken in part from from www.afghanistanmemorial.ca)
Image with caption: "Minister Blaney and MP Rick Norlock lay a wreath at the new Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial in Trenton, Ontario (CNW Group/Veterans Affairs Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121110_C6862_PHOTO_EN_20482.jpg
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Senior Communications Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs