THE AFGHAN MEMORIAL VIGIL
During 16-20 September, the beautifully-crafted Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will find its home of reverence in the Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg in the Rotunda, so that all Canadians can remember Canada’s commitment to the war on terror. Built from the recovered memorial plaques from Kandahar Air Field cenotaph, the Vigil display focusses on fallen Canadians, including the 158 soldiers, a Canadian diplomat, contractor, journalist as well as 40 United States Armed Forces personnel attached to the Canadian Forces. The Vigil, placed in the Rotunda, is open for public viewing starting on Tuesday, 16 September from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and daily from Wednesday to Saturday (17-20 September) during opening hours (8:00 a.m.to 8:00 p.m.). Soldiers from 38 Canadian Brigade Group, many of them veterans from the war, will serve within the Vigil during the time it is open to the public.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil remembers and honours those who have fallen in Afghanistan. It also acknowledges the bravery, dedication, valour and professionalism of all members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan and supported the From Regina, the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will continue eastbound eventually completing its cross-country journey in Ottawa during Remembrance Week in November.
The plaques within the Memorial Vigil were formerly part of the Kandahar Air Field cenotaph. The 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 awaiting decision for a permanent home.
More than 39,000 Canadian Armed Forces members have served in an Afghanistan theatre of operations or in support of the mission from other locations around the world during the 12 years of service in Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil has been travelling across Canada and the United States from 4 May until 12 November 2014. The intent is to allow as many Canadians, military and civilians, to view the vigil before a permanent home is selected for an Afghan Cenotaph in the National Capital Region.