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Cenotaph rededication a reminder of an unjustified sacrifice

By Scott Taylor      

The Aug. 17 ceremony to rededicate the Kandahar cenotaph at the Department of National Defence Headquarters will be a sad commemoration of lives lost in a war we could never win.

The Kandahar monument, pictured in its original home, bears 190 plaques commemorating Canadians killed in the Afghanistan theatre, including 158 soldiers and others, like Calgary Herald journalist Michelle Lang. It will be rededicated that the DND headquarters on Aug. 17. Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

OTTAWA—On Saturday, Aug. 17, the Department of National Defence will host a dedication ceremony for what has come to be known as the Kandahar cenotaph. The original structure had been a personal peer tribute erected by Canadian soldiers still serving at the Kandahar Airfield to commemorate their comrades who were killed in Afghanistan. By the time Canada concluded its combat mission in 2011 and packed up the cenotaph, it included plaques representing 161 fallen Canadian soldiers and civilians.

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