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,

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

Major Glen Watson,

Vancouver Convention Center
Edmonton, Alberta 11-14 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 (Commemoration Ceremony) 1 October

Captain Mario Durette,

Fredericton Convention Centre
Fredericton, New Brunswick 2-4 October

Captain Mario Durette,

Centennial Building
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island 9-11 October

Major George Williams,

Confederation Centre of the Arts
Halifax, Nova Scotia 15-18 October

Major Bill Smith,

World Trade and Convention Centre
St-John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador 24-27 October

Major Michael Bennett,

Confederation Building
Ottawa, Ontario 8-13 November

Chief Warrant Officer David Mahon

Parliament of Canada


For more information about the travel schedule, please contact Master Warrant Officer Wayne Lundrigan, 613-998-4847.