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Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 Marks Arrival Of Lav III Monument

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 165 Marks Arrival Of Lav III Monument

Image shows monument during the unveiling in October - prior to the vandalism. Photo by: Brandon Piper

A new Lav III Armoured Vehicle Monument now sits outside the Legion – to commemorate those who fought in Afghanistan.

The monument is an actual previously used Lav III, which is a light armoured vehicle that was used in combat.

On Saturday, the Legion held a commemorative ceremony to serve as a reminder of all the vets who lost their lives in the Afghanistan conflict.

Michael Gray served from 2004 to 2009 in Afghanistan and he tells Mix News that the monument makes a great addition to the branch.

“It’s an amazing piece of machinery,” Gray stated. “To have it here and have it be apart of this Legion. It’s so modern that we could bring it to such an old organization that’s been a landmark to this town and we could bring in something current. It’s still in service today, these vehicles are still used.”

Gray adds that it’s a great way to connect the generations of veterans who hang out at the Legion.

“Regardless if you’re Bruce Laxton, you see him in his wheelchair because he is very winded, or you see Bill Rockwell that served in a different era and myself as another one. It’s the same flag, the same country, the same committment – we just get different tools for the conflict.”

Branch 165 had been working with legions across the country for the past 14 months to turn this initiative into a reality.

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