Dates of Canada's Mission in Afghanistan to also be inscribed on
National War Memorial and Promenade Building in Ottawa to be renamed
The Valour Building.
OTTAWA, May 8, 2014 /CNW/ - On the eve of the National Day of Honour,
Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino today announced that a
permanent national memorial to Canada's mission in Afghanistan will be
constructed in the nation's capital. The memorial, to be unveiled in
2017, will specifically recognize and honour the hard work, courage and
personal sacrifices made by Canadians while in service to their country
during the Afghanistan conflict between 2001 and 2014.
Minister Fantino also announced that the National War Memorial, which is
the central place of remembrance for those who have served, will be
inscribed with the dates of Canada's mission in Afghanistan (2001-2014)
and that a ceremony to unveil the inscription will be held later in
In addition, Minister Fantino announced that La Promenade Building, on
Sparks Street in Ottawa, will be renamed The Valour Building in honour
of the bravery displayed by Canada's best in Afghanistan.
For more information on Canada's mission in Afghanistan, please visit veterans.gc.ca.
More than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in the Afghanistan
theatre of operations, which was our country's largest military
deployment since the Second World War.
Altogether, 158 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, a Canadian
diplomat, a DND contractor, a Canadian journalist who was embedded with
the CAF and more than 40 United States Armed Forces members who were
under Canadian command during operations lost their lives in
More than 2,000 Canadian military personnel were injured in Afghanistan.
Cenotaphs/Monuments are places of remembrance, reflection, and honour
for those who have #Served Canada. #ShowYouRemember
"Canada's mission in Afghanistan has ended, but Canada's duty to
remember and honour those who served has only just begun. Through these
commemorations, Canadians will have an ongoing opportunity to reflect
with pride and compassion on the efforts and sacrifices that were made
by so many." The Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
Veterans Affairs Canada