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By Steven Fouchard, Army Public Affairs
Ottawa, Ontario — While combat was a significant aspect of Canada’s decade-plus Afghanistan mission, our men and women in uniform made many other significant contributions.
They helped set the stage for a more stable, self-determined future for the people of Afghanistan as trainers and mentors to the Afghan National Security Forces. They provided security that enabled important development work led by other Canadian government agencies such as Public Safety Canada, the RCMP, and Trade and Development Canada.
They were working, and sacrificing, as one of the inscriptions on the Kandahar Cenotaph reads, “in the service of peace.”
Canada’s part in this time and place was wide-ranging, and so is the Cenotaph, which has grown into what it is today over many years.
In all, there are 189 memorial plaques. Of those, 149 are in remembrance of deceased Canadians: 157 soldiers, Foreign Affairs (now Global Affairs Canada) official Glyn Berry, journalist Michelle Lang, and civilian contractor Marc Cyr.
The remaining are in memory of the 42 American soldiers and one civilian who were under Canadian command at the time of their deaths.
Original cenotaph unveiled Remembrance Day 2003
The story of the Cenotaph begins in 2003 at Camp Julien, the Canadian Armed Forces’ encampment in Kabul, Afghanistan.
There, Combat Engineer Captain Sean McDowell…