The first of many new monuments to Canada’s Afghan mission has been unveiled in Toronto.
A light armoured vehicle, or LAV, that is no longer fit for service went on display at Corus Quay in the heart of downtown Toronto.
In the coming months, up to 250 of the vehicles will be installed in towns and cities across the country.
The LAV played a key role in the Canadian mission in Afghanistan. A charity is re-purposing them to honour the 40,000 Canadian soldiers who served in the Afghan conflict and the 158 who gave their lives in the line of duty.
“Canadian Veterans have dedicated their lives to protecting our values across the globe,” said Veteran Affairs Minister Erin O’Toole. “The LAV III Monument Program allows communities across Canada to honour their extraordinary service.”
The monument is based on a formerly-functional LAV III vehicle manufactured by General Dynamics Land Systems in London, ON.