Kandahar Airfield Memorial
The cenotaph was erected in 2006 at the Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan. Constructed from marble and slate, it consisted of individual plaques to the fallen, including each of the Canadian Armed Forces members killed in Afghanistan and the Canadian diplomat Glyn Berry.
On November 10, 2011, the Department of National Defence announced that the memorial would be brought home to Canada.
The Afghanistan Memorial Vigil (containing the plaques from the Kandahar Airfield Memorial) will travel across Canada and the United States between May 3 and October 26, 2014.
The memorial inuksuk is located inside the perimeter of the Kandahar Airfield’s boardwalk area. The inuksuk was constructed out of eight rock slabs gathered from the area around the airport and a nearby village. The inuksuk itself is oriented so that it "points" in the direction of Edmonton, the home station of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (3 PPCLI). The platform surrounding the inuksuk bears plaques on all four sides dedicated to the memory of Canadian, American and other coalition soldiers killed in the fighting in Afghanistan.
The memorial inuksuk was built by members of the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group, specifically members of "A" Company, 3 PPCLI, the battalion's pioneer platoon and military engineers in response to the four Canadian fatalities suffered at Tarnak Farm on April 17, 2002. The inuksuk and the surrounding memorial construction were dedicated on July 16, 2002, in the waning days of the initial Canadian presence at the Kandahar military base.
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