A new monument, in the form of a light armoured vehicle, is being installed outside Hamilton’s Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.
It will stand in honour of Canadian soldiers who served in Afghanistan, and as a memorial to four Hamiltonians who died as a result of that conflict.
The tribute is due to the efforts of the North Wall Riders Association Steel City, a veterans support group, which is in the midst of fundraising the 40 thousand dollar cost of the monument.
President Kevin Ellis adds that the LAV is currently being decommissioned in London and will be dedicated in the spring as a testament to what our forces did over there, and as a place where young people can be educated about the conflict.
Politicians on hand for Thursday’s announcement included Liberal M-P’s Bob Bratina and Filomena Tassi, as well as Conservative M-P David Sweet. He adds that the monument will be a reminder of great sacrifice and lessons learned from Afghanistan.