CFB Esquimalt: Afghanistan war to be remembered in memorial

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Efforts by a local citizens’ group to erect a highly visible downtown memorial honouring those Canadians that served in Afghanistan is moving forward.

The Greater Victoria Afghanistan Memorial Project was formed two years ago in an effort to recognize the 40 000 Canadians who served in Afghanistan between September 2001 and March 2014, and the 163 who lost their lives.

The monument will be located in the downtown core close to Christ Church Cathedral, and will be made from 9072 kg of granite and measure 3.35 m long by 2.4 m high. It will feature a Canadian soldier reaching for the hand of an Afghan child. The cost estimate for the memorial is $177 000.

 

—Lookout

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