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Clarington donates $20,000 to the construction of a monument in honour of Canadian Armed Forces

Posted on Thursday July 07, 2016

Clarington July 7, 2016/- The Municipality of Clarington is donating $20,000 to the construction of a Light Armoured Vehicle, or LAV, Monument to honour the service and sacrifice of Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan. The LAV Monument will be constructed at Clarington Fields Park and will be visible from the Highway of Heroes.

“The LAV Monument is a modern-day remembrance of the service and sacrifice of our men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces. It is a testament to their commitment to protecting the freedoms that we cherish,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.

This is part of the LAV III Monument Program established to commemorate Canada’s mission to Afghanistan. Local communities receive full-size decommissioned replica LAV III vehicles, donated by the Government of Canada, to be used as a centrepiece for the monument. The LAV III’s are the iconic vehicles used during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan.

Clarington is working with the Honourable Erin O’Toole, Member of Parliament for Durham, on the project. “I am so proud of our Durham community coming together to remember the service and sacrifice of Canadians in Afghanistan with the Highway of Heroes LAV monument and particularly to Clarington Council for their leadership and support for this initiative,” said MP Erin O’Toole.

MP O’Toole has established a LAV Monument Committee to raise funds and spearhead the effort to build the monument in Clarington. The LAV Committee is working hard within the community to gather donations to help pay for this Monument. So far the committee has raised more than half of the $125,000 goal to build the LAV Monument.

Construction of the monument is scheduled to begin in August to meet a September 24, 2016, deadline, which coincides with the 2016 Wounded Warriors Canada Highway of Heroes Bike Ride. The Grand Opening of the LAV Monument will include the first annual Wounded Warriors Canada Highway of Heroes Bike Ride, a commemorative two-day cycling journey in remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. The bike ride is also designed to raise funds for the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, and first responders who are injured or sick.

“Clarington supports our Canadian Armed Forces and is proud to be the home of this national monument,” said Mayor Foster.


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