Afghanistan Memorial Vigil

The Department of National Defence (DND) and the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) are marking more than 12 years of service in Afghanistan.

In 2001, the Government of Canada began a defining chapter in Canadian history by joining international efforts to build an Afghanistan that is no longer a safe haven for terrorists, is better governed, more peaceful, and more secure.

The Memorial Vigil

One of the ways the DND/CAF are commemorating the service of Canadian personnel is through an Afghanistan Memorial Vigil. The Vigil commemorates 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 plaques were formerly part of the Kandahar Air Field cenotaph. The cenotaph was a memorial structure for Canadian soldiers to commemorate their fallen comrades while deployed in Afghanistan. The rest of the cenotaph is housed in a warehouse in Ottawa awaiting decision for a permanent home.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil remembers and honours those who have fallen in Afghanistan. It also acknowledges the bravery, dedication, valour and professionalism of all members of the Canadian Armed Forces who have served in Afghanistan and supported the mission.

The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil will travel across Canada and the United States between 4 May and 12 November 2014 at the following locations:

City, ProvinceDatesContactLocation 
Trenton, Ontario 4 May Major John Lewis,
613-392-2811 x3914
Bain Park
Kingston, Ontario 5-6 May Major Chris Catry,
613-541-5010 x5611
Kingston City Hall, Memorial Hall
Ottawa, Ontario
(private viewing for families of the fallen)
9 May Captain Patrick Lottinville,
Parliament of Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
(public viewing)
10-11 May Captain Patrick Lottinville,
Parliament of Canada
Washington D.C.
(private viewing for families of the fallen)
22 May Master Warrant Officer Wayne Rutter,
Canadian Embassy in Washington
Washington D.C.
(public viewing)
23-26 May Master Warrant Officer Wayne Rutter,
Canadian Embassy in Washington
Quebec, Quebec 9-12 June Captain Brendon Rath,
418-844-5000 x4481
Arrondissement de Sainte-Foy–Sillery–Cap-Rouge
Valcartier, Quebec 14 June Major Geneviève Bertrand,
418-844-5000 x3975
Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Valcartier, Building 502
Montreal, Quebec 17-21 June Captain Francis Heppell,
514-252-2777 x4601
Montreal City Hall
Toronto, Ontario 27 June – 2 July Lieutenant-Colonel John Cochrane,
416-633-6200 x2804
Fort York National Historic Site
Petawawa, Ontario 8-11 July Major Joe Andrechek,
613-687-5511 x6762
CFB Petawawa, Building Y101
Victoria, British Columbia 21-26 July

Captain Nathan Korpal, <br /> 250-363-2199

British Columbia Legislature
Vancouver, British Columbia 29 July – 2 August

Major Glen Watson, 604-225-2520

Vancouver Convention Center
Edmonton, Alberta 11-16 August Captain Chris Scott,
780-973-4011 x6923
Edmonton City Hall (main floor)
Calgary, Alberta 25-29 August Major Graham Longhurst,
403-410-2320 x3508 
Calgary Tower (main floor)
Regina, Saskatchewan 2-6 September Captain David Nelson,
306-347-9300 x6542
Saskatchewan Legislature
Shilo, Manitoba 9-13 September Lori Truscott,
204-765-3000  x3813
CFB Shilo, Multi-Purpose Training Facility, Building C-106
Winnipeg, Manitoba 16-20 September Major Mike Lagace,
204-833-2500 x6543
Manitoba Legislature
Fredericton, New Brunswick 30 September – 4 October TBC TBC
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 8-11 October TBC TBC
Halifax, Nova Scotia 14-18 October TBC TBC
St-John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 23-27 October Major Michael Bennett,
Newfoundland House of Assembly
Ottawa, Ontario 5-12 November Chief Warrant Officer David Mahon,
Parliament of Canada

For more information about the travel schedule, please contact Captain Patrick Lottinville, 613-945-2221.