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Toronto Garrison Afghanistan LAV III Monument

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Municipality/Province: Toronto, ON

Memorial Number: 35059-288

Type: Canada Company LAV III Monument

Address: 660 Fleet Street

Location: Fort York Armoury

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 43.6364685   Long: -79.4074381

Submitted By: Deane Shawn

On June 10, 2018, Canada Company and its supporters proudly unveiled Toronto’s only monument dedicated to the 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who served and the 162 Canadians who lost their lives during the conflict in Afghanistan. This monument will specifically honour the 16 Regiments of the Toronto Garrison for playing their part in what became Canada’s longest mission in history.

The monument is an actual decommissioned Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV III) previously used by Canadian troops to carry out their missions. It now sits on permanent display, at historic Fort York Armoury, in the heart of downtown Toronto’s busy waterfront area providing the people of Toronto a special place to visit and pay their respects to our new generation of veterans.

The ceremony included Canada’s top military brass starting with Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Jonathan Vance, 4th Canadian Division Commander, Brigadier General S.M. Cadden, 32 Canadian Brigade Group Commander, Colonel Dan Stepaniuk and representing The Royal Regiment of Canada was Honorary Colonel Anthony Graham. Canada Company was represented by Chairman and Founder Blake C. Goldring along with Major General (Retired) David Fraser, Chair of the LAV III Monument Program Community Selection Committee.

A wreath for the Fallen was placed at the monument by two Silver Cross Mothers, Kathy Smith and Donna Beek who honoured their Fallen sons Private Demetrios Diplaros and Private Corey Joseph Hayes.

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Commemorative Mission Plaque

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.

Regimental Plaque

In recognition of the soldiers of the Toronto Garrison, 32 Canadian Brigade Group 4th Canadian Division Who served in Afghanistan 2001 – 2014. 

The Governor General's Horse Guards, The Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC), 7th Toronto Regiment, RCA, 56th Field Artillery Regiment, RCA, 32 Combat Engineer Regiment, 32 Signal Regiment, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, The Royal Regiment of Canada, The Lincoln and Welland Regiment, The Grey and Simcoe Foresters, The Lorne Scots (Peel, Dufferin and Halton Regiment), 48th Highlanders of Canada, The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother's Own), 32 Service Battalion, 25 Field Ambulance, 2 Intelligence Company. STEADFAST

Donor Plaque

THE PLACEMENT OF THIS LIGHT ARMOURED VEHICLE (LAV III) MONUMENT WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY THE EFFORTS AND GENEROSITY OF THE FOLLOWING:

7TH TORONTO REGIMENT, ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY, 32 SIGNAL REGIMENT, THE ROYAL REGIMENT OF CANADA FOUNDATION, GREY AND SIMCOE FORESTERS FOUNDATION, 48TH HIGHLANDERS OF CANADA, THE TORONTO SCOTTISH REGIMENT (QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER’S OWN), 2 INTELLIGENCE SENATE, BLAKE C. GOLDRING, M.S.M., CD, [FORMER HONORARY COLONEL, CANADIAN ARMY], HCOL ANTHONY R. GRAHAM, MGEN (Ret’d) R.W. LEWIS, CM, CMM, CD, BGEN (Ret’d) G. STAFFORD, OMM, CD, COL (Ret’d) R. DOUGLAS, CD, LCOL (Ret’d) J.C.C.Z. IVERSEN, CD, LCOL (Ret’d) V. SHARMA, CD, LCOL THOMAS, ANGELA AND ELIZABETH PAYNE, MAJ JOHN D. STEWART, CD, LL.M., STEPHEN J. R. SMITH, THE MAAVARA FAMILY, EARL PADDOCK TRANSPORTATION INC

DEDICATED JUNE 2018

 

 

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