A city committee is recommending council approve $10,000 in funding for the new Afghan War memorial being built near the Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans Club building.
Spokesperson Renee Charbonneau says if approved, the money would be used for several things connected to a planned October 7 unveiling.
“The $10,000 is going to be used to, basically, feed and accommodate the Loyal Edmonton Regiment Pipe and Drum Band and the chaplain, some of the other dignitaries, four Silver Cross families.”
Those are families that have lost a loved one in war.
“Master Corporal Timothy Wilson was born here in Grande Prairie. His uncle Rod still lives here and his brother is a Sergeant with 2PPCLI Shilo, Manitoba and then we have three members of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment, their families are coming.”
In World War 2, D Company of the Loyal Edmonton Regiment was stationed in Grande Prairie. The Army cadets based here are also part of that group.
Charbonneau adds engraving of the monument also started Tuesday.
“We got notification that they have started inscribing our marble monument. It was all cut and laid out two weeks ago, so that’s a very exciting thing. We anticipate installation the week of September 28.”
That work is being done by a company based in Calgary.