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News - Afghanistan - 11 Jul 2013

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Afghanistan: 11 Jul 2013
Afghanistan Memorial to go on tour

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil in the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill. It will stay there until Remembrance Day, when it will begin a cross-Canada tour with a final stop in Washington, D.C., before returning to its permanent location in Ottawa.
Credit: Chris Mikula, Ottawa Citizen

A memorial to Canadians killed during the decade-long war in Afghanistan will spend the summer on Parliament Hill before being transported on a two-year journey across the country and into the United States.
The 'Afghanistan Memorial Vigil' is composed of individual black granite plaques honouring 158 Canadian forces members, 40 U.S. troops operating under Canadian command, Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry, journalist Michelle Lang and a civilian contractor.
The memorial - each plaque is etched with the face of the victim and basic biographical details - was mounted on a cenotaph at Kandahar Airfield and brought to Canada when this country's fighting mission ended there in 2011. After its planned two-year, 16-city journey ends in Washington D.C., the memorial will return to Ottawa where the panels will be displayed permanently on a cenotaph at a location yet to be decided.
Defence Minister Peter MacKay said Tuesday the summer-long display on Parliament Hill is intended to capitalize on tourist traffic. "The intent is to give Canadians greater access to the story of Afghanistan," he said. "(It) tells an important story and takes Canadians on an important journey of understanding and appreciation."
Canada's involvement in Afghanistan and its role in building infrastructure and helping to train 300,000 soldiers and police has given Afghans a good chance of achieving peace and security, said MacKay. © Copyright (c) Postmedia News

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