The annual Remembrance Day Ceremony in Aurora, conducted by the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #385 Col. Fred Tilston V.C. will include the unveiling of a Light Armoured Vehicle (LAV III) monument to honour and recognize the service of Canadian military peacekeeping troops that served in Afghanistan.
The Remembrance Day parade and ceremony will be held on Saturday, November 11. The parade starts at 10:25 a.m. at Dr. G.W. Williams Secondary School located at 39 Dunning Avenue and then proceeds to the Aurora War Memorial Peace Park located at 14659 Yonge Street. The ceremony starts at 10:55 a.m. and includes the dedication of a new monument. There will be a fly past of a C.F. Hercules aircraft at approximately 11:15 a.m.
The LAV III was used by Canadian Forces in Afghanistan until the completion of their mission in 2014. The monument symbolizes their efforts in Afghanistan and in other peacekeeping missions.
More than 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. One-hundred and fifty-nine Canadians died bringing peace and freedom to the country.
Placement of the monument was approved by Aurora Town Council in October 2015. The monument was funded by the Regimental Council of the Queen’s York Rangers, who are based out of Toronto and Aurora. Over 40 per cent of the Regiment served in Afghanistan over various rotations for which the unit received a battle honour from the Canadian Government for their outstanding service. Priestly Demolition Inc. donated their services to bring the monument from London, Ontario to Aurora.
For more information on the LAV III monument, visit lavmonument.ca