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LAV III Afghanistan Memorial

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Municipality/Province: Aurora, ON

Memorial Number: 35092-004

Type: Canada Company LAV III Monument

Address: 14659 Yonge Street

Location: Aurora Peace Park

GPS Coordinates: Lat: 43.9854627   Long: -79.4640451

Submitted By: Jim Kyle. Aurora Museum & Archives.

Photo Credit: Jim Kyle

The Town of Aurora, with support of the Queen's York Rangers (1st American Regiment, RCAC) and Royal Canadian Legion Branch 385 recognized the completion of the Canadian Armed Forces longest conflict in Afghanistan, on Remembrance Day 2017, with the dedication of a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV) memorial. The decommissioned (LAV) III memorial pays tribute to the 40,000 CAF who served during this conflict and the 162 Canadians who lost their lives, between 2001-2014.

The monument complements the existing Aurora War Memorial and Altar of Sacrifice by commemorating the efforts in Afghanistan, for which the Queen's York Rangers were granted a Battle Honour.

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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.

2001          2014

En mémoire et en reconnaissance des efforts des quelque 40 000 membres des Forces armées canadiennes qui ont servi en Afghanistan et des 162 Canadiens qui sont morts pour la cause de la paix et de la liberté du peuple afghan.

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We, the citizens of the Town of Aurora, in gratitude for their service and sacrifice, dedicate this memorial to the members of all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces and especially to our own Queen’s York Rangers (1st American Regiment) (RCAC).

The LAV III (Light Armoured Vehicle) was of the type used by Canadian Forces troops in Afghanistan until the completion of their mission in 2014. It symbolizes their efforts in Afghanistan and in other peacekeeping missions for which Canadian troops have become renowned.

The Queen’s York Rangers were granted a Battle Honour by the Government of Canada in 2014 for their efforts and contributions in Afghanistan. The Regiment is based in Toronto and Aurora.

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