LAVIII Monument will recognize service and sacrifice of Afghan veterans
FREDERICTON, June 19, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Canada Company and its
partners celebrated the announcement of the first community to receive
a LAVIII Monument. They were joined by Veterans Affairs Minister Erin
O'Toole, who commended them for their patriotism with their
"Canadian Veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our values
across the globe. The LAV III Monument Program allows communities
across Canada to honour their extraordinary service," said Minister
O'Toole. "The Government of Canada is pleased to support this program
as it rolls from coast to coast."
Today at the Oromocto Cenotaph the Make Fredericton First team, together
with Minister O'Toole and Brian MacDonald, MLA for Fredericton
West-Hanwell, dedicated the site for the monument.
"This project has been a labour of love for many of us who have come
together to ensure the veterans of the Afghan War are publicly
acknowledged for their service and sacrifice, and we are thankful for
the support of our partners, sponsors and the Government of Canada,"
said Tom Jenkins, chair of the LAVIII Monument Program steering
"The LAVIII is a powerful and enduring symbol of the Afghan mission.
Veterans of that war are with us still, and we believe that these
monuments will keep their service at the forefront of Canadian
consciousness," said Canada Company founder Blake Goldring, CEO and
Chairman of AGF Management Limited. "Communities across the country who
want to recognize the contribution of our veterans now have an
opportunity to do so, and we are thrilled to begin the process of
rolling the LAVIII monuments out to locations across the country."
The Steering Committee includes:
Canada Company: A business-based non-profit, focused on supporting the Canadian
military, Canada Company is acting project manager.
General Dynamics Land Systems Canada: As the maker of the LAVIII, GDLS-C is a key partner in this
Fanshawe College: Fanshawe students will be instrumental in creating the replica elements
of the monuments, and will receive school credits for their work.
Militex Coatings Inc.: Militex will assemble the monuments.
Melloul Blamey Construction Inc.: Design and installation consultants for concrete pads and
Learn more: www.lavmonument.ca
About Canada Company
Canada Company is a military-focused nonprofit that brings business and
community leaders together to support the Canadian military, its
veterans and their families. With a unique line of sight on the
effectiveness of military strategy, leadership and discipline, Canada
Company connects corporate Canada with military tested resources, while
working to ensure that our Armed Forces receive the support,
recognition and care that they deserve.
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