Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured at re-dedication ceremony of cenotaph

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The war in Afghanistan (2001-2014) was Canada's longest war and its first significant combat engagement since the Korean War. After the 2001 terror attacks on the United States, Canada joined an international coalition to destroy the al-Qaeda terrorist network and the Taliban regime that sheltered it in Afghanistan.Between 2002 and 2011, when the combat mission ended, 158 members of the Canadian Forces were killed serving in the Afghan war.

OTTAWA — More than 150 Canadians killed during the war in Afghanistan are being remembered in a special ceremony in Ottawa this morning.

The ceremony, which is being attended by hundreds of family members of those who died, involves the re-dedication of a cenotaph built during the war in honour of the fallen.

It stood for years at the Kandahar Airfield where the Canadian Forces was headquartered for most of its time in Afghanistan before being moved back to Ottawa with the end of the mission in 2014.

The cenotaph was originally dedicated at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa during a private ceremony in May.

But that ceremony did not include any family members, which sparked outrage and prompted the military to re-dedicate it today.