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RCA Museum Afghanistan LAV III Memorial

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Municipality/Province: CFB Shilo, MB

Memorial number: 46001-072

Type: Canada Company LAV III Monument

Address: Royal Avenue & Aldershot Road R0K 2A0

Location: Canoe River Memorial Park

GPS coordinates: Lat: 49.806732107352914   Long: -99.64344969504974

Submitted by: Andrew Oakden

Photo credit: Andrew Oakden

3rd Canadian Division Support Group Commander, Colonel Scott McKenzie and other dignitaries were on hand for the Afghanistan Memorial Dedication Ceremony at Canoe River Memorial Park in Shilo on 26 June 2018. 

During operations in Afghanistan, Canadian soldiers relied on the LAV III, a light armoured vehicle, for sanctuary and safety.  For many the LAV III symbolizes Canada’s involvement in Afghanistan.  From 2001 to 2014, over 40,000 Canadian soldiers were deployed to Afghanistan.  During the operations in Afghanistan thousands of Canadian soldiers were wounded and 158 died, including 20 soldiers based out of CFB Shilo. The LAV III Monument is a fitting tribute to honour those Canadians who served.

The memorial project took six months to complete and many groups deserve thanks.  The vision and direction behind the project came from CFB Shilo Base Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Dave MacIntyre.  The LAV III Monument Program by Canada Company provided the monument and the main plaque.  The Shilo Service Club provided the stone cairn in front of the monument, and Real Property Operations constructed the cement pad that supports the LAV III.  The RCA Museum assisted with the acquisition and transportation of the LAV III from London, Ontario. 

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In recognition and memory of the efforts of approximately 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and the 162 Canadians who died in the cause of bringing peace and freedom to the people of Afghanistan.

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