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Canada’s Afghanistan Memorial Vigil 

Regina, Saskatchewan. 2 September 2014 – The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil is a memorial display commemorating the fallen of Canada's Afghanistan mission. The display consists of 192 plaques along with interpretation information and artifacts. (Photo by MCpl Cameron Skrypnyk. Copyright 2014 DND/MDN)
Regina, Saskatchewan. 2 September 2014 – The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil is a memorial display commemorating the fallen of Canada’s Afghanistan mission. The display consists of 192 plaques along with interpretation information and artifacts. (Photo by MCpl Cameron Skrypnyk. Copyright 2014 DND/MDN)
One of the ways the Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) commemorated Canada’s mission in Afghanistan was through the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil.

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.

Calgary Tower
Calgary, Alberta. 25 August 2014 – General Eyre addresses the crowd at the opening ceremony for the Calgary exhibit of the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil at the Calgary Tower. Photo by Sgt Brangwyn Jones, 41 Canadian Brigade Group
Vancouver
Vancouver, British Columbia. 29 July 2014 – A family member views the plaques for the fallen before the opening ceremony of the Afghanistan Memorial Vigil. The Vigil was on display from 29 July to 02 August 2014 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. (Photo by Bdr Albert Law, 39 CBG Public Affairs)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces

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