Designs have been unveiled for a monument that will honour veterans and the fallen members of the Canadian Armed Forces who served in the recent war in Afghanistan. It will be located at Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto.
The memorial will be stationed on the south lawn of Queen’s Park within the footprint of the Ontario Veterans’ Memorial. It was designed to complement the existing war memorial to create a seamless timeline of Canada’s military history. The new memorial will consist of granite and bronze elements etched with images from the war that tell the story of Canada’s involvement in the conflict.
The memorial was designed by PFS Studio with input from a consultation panel, chaired by General (Ret’d) Rick Hillier, who commanded a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) mission in Afghanistan and was Chief of the Defence Staff of the Canadian Forces from 2005 to 2008.
“It is a privilege and honour to support the design and build of this memorial,” said General Rick Hillier. “It will be a touchstone for veterans of the war and their families for years to come, showing respect and appreciation while eliciting emotion, memories and pride.”
The memorial is expected to be completed in fall next year.