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Afghanistan Memorial unveiled at CFB Shilo

26.06.2018 13:36
By: Matthew Higgs

The memorial features a Light Armoured Vehicle III, similar to the ones used in Afghanistan


CFB Shilo, MB (CKLQ) - It was an emotional day for some at CFB Shilo, as there was a memorial dedication ceremony, to honour those who conducted operations in Afghanistan.

The memorial features a Light Armoured Vehicle III, similar to the ones used in Afghanistan.

Thirteen LAV III's were destroyed and 159 were damaged during the operation.

In front of the vehicle is a plaque on stone and thirteen flags.

The memorial is set up in front of the Canoe River Memorial Park on the base.

The memorial is in recognition of the 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who served and 162 Canadians who died over the more than 12 years of operations in the country.

Twenty of those who died, were from CFB Shilo.

Lieutenant-Colonel Dave MacIntyre was one of the many who served in Afghanistan and says the LAV was a safe area for most members.

"It brought a measure of security for soldiers," said MacIntyre. "It was a workforce for the Canadian Army."

MacIntyre was deployed to Afghanistan in 2008 with the Second Battalion Princess Patricia Light Infantry.

He added the vehicle also brings back a lot of memories.

"I'm truly happy we can bring this back for a monument for CFB Shilo," said MacIntyre.

The monument took about three months to finally get finished, and was put up thanks to help from the RCA Museum, the Shilo Service Club, CFB Shilo and the Real Propoerty Operations.