The Vigil commemorated those who lost their lives during the mission: 158 CAF personnel, 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 in Afghanistan.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil remembered and honoured those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It also acknowledged the bravery, dedication, valour and professionalism of all members of the CAF who served in Afghanistan and who supported the mission.
The plaques that made up the Vigil were taken from the Kandahar Air Field (KAF) Cenotaph. The Cenotaph is a memorial that was constructed by Canadian service members while deployed in Afghanistan to commemorate their fallen comrades. Now that the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil has completed its travels, the plaques will be reintegrated with the KAF Cenotaph and will be placed in a permanent location. This is estimated to occur sometime in 2017.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil traveled across Canada and the United States between 4 May and 12 November 2014.