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Why did we build an Afghanistan War Monument in Grande Prairie Alberta?

 

We honour all of the soldiers who laid down their lives down for our country during the Afghanistan War, however, there are four soldiers who are directly connected to our city and region, who forever tie us to the Afghanistan War.

And so we felt it fitting to build the monument.

 

Those four soldiers are:

Master Corporal Timothy Wilson, born in Grande Prairie, 2nd Battalion PPCLI

Master Corporal Raymond Arndt, Loyal Edmonton Regiment

Corporal Joshua Baker, Loyal Edmonton Regiment

Corporal Zach McCormack, Loyal Edmonton Regiment

 

We felt that it was fitting to have those four soldiers service panels created and have them stand sentinel around the monument that honours all of Canada's Fallen from the Afghanistan War.

We also felt it fitting to have their/our Silver Cross Families present at the unveiling.

*Grande Prairie's Army Training Base 132 was home to "D" Company of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment from 1941 to 1967 when the base was shut down. Our Army Cadets march under the cap badge of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment to this day.

Artwork

Mcpl Timothy Wilson

Mcpl Timothy Wilson

Mcpl Raymond Arndt

Mcpl Raymond Arndt

Cpl Zach McCormack

Cpl Zach McCormack

Cpl Joshua Baker

Cpl Joshua Baker

In the gardens

Mcpl Timothy Wilson

Mcpl Timothy Wilson

Mcpl Raymond Arndt

Mcpl Raymond Arndt

Cpl Zach McCormack

Cpl Zach McCormack

Cpl Joshua Baker

Cpl Joshua Baker

Our Silver Cross Families

Rod Wilson for Timothy Wilson

Rod Wilson for Timothy Wilson

Retired Col, John Conrad for Raymond Arndt

Retired Col, John Conrad for Raymond Arndt

Armand and Robin McCormack

Armand and Robin McCormack

Heather Middleton for Joshua Baker

Heather Middleton for Joshua Baker

Photos by Grant Cree

Location & Contact:

 The Veterans Memorial Gardens & Interpretive Centre

10121-93 St.

Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V 2X3

Email: admin@motorcycletourism.ca

Phone: (780) 933-0182

Map:

Hours of operation:

While COVID-19 has our community facility with our indoors displays and reference materials out of sight for the time being, our Gardens and their displays are open to the general public 7 days a week for 9 AM to 9 PM

When we are once again allowed to be open we anticipate our facility being open Tuesday to Saturday from 9-5.

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