Ontario Unveils Memorial to Heroes of the Afghanistan War

By: Laura Steiner
Ontario has unveiled a permanent memorial to Canadian soldiers’ who served in Afghanistan.  The campaign lasted from 2001-2011 as an active combat mission.
Premier Doug Ford was joined by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdswell, and several cabinet ministers including Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries Minister Lisa McLeod to unveil the monument.  “As Premier I made a promise to the people of Ontario to build this memorial as a permanent reminder of those Canadian heroes who served in the War in Afghanistan, and today, on Remembrance Day we keep that promise,” Ford said
The monument was designed in consultation with General Rick Hillier (retired) to ensure the soldiers’ sacrifices were properly commemorated.  “It was a privilege to support the creation of this tribute to those incredible Canadians who served in the Afghanistan war from 2001 to 2014,” Hillier said.  158 Canadian soldiers lost their lives.  Hillier served in Afghanistan from 2001-2014.
“This memorial embodies our province’s great respect for those who bravely answered the call to serve our country in the name of peace and freedom,” McLeod said.  The monument is located on the northwest side of Queen’s Park.