A lot of progress has been made on a new Afghan War memorial being built in Grande Prairie.
Spokesperson Renee Charbonneau says excavation, a concrete pad and fence have all been finished in the last week.
“We’ve gotten a long ways, but that’s how it goes, right? You plan, you plan, you plan, you organize, you organize and then, all of a sudden, poof, it’s done. It feels like it’s an interminable amount of time before anything looks like it’s happening and then, all of a sudden, there you are.”
Charbonneau says local businesses donated the excavation, concrete and fencing.
She adds the next step is setting up the actual memorial.
“The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Museum and I have been talking back and forth. We have all of the write-ups on the three fallen Loyal Edmonton Regiment members and their photos. We’re just waiting for a few other high-resolution things that we need. We’re in conversation with the PPCLI to get some information on Master Corporal Timothy Wilson, who was born here in Grande Prairie.”
All four soldiers to be memorialized have some connection to the Swan City.
Charbonneau adds this is Phase 1 of a three-phase project. Phase 2 is a garden and walkways.
“With 50 wave points that will go from 1867 to present day. They will talk about Canada at war and peace and bring notice to the history of the Royal Canadian Legion in Grande Prairie, the ANAVETS Club in Grande Prairie, the Air Cadets and the Army Cadets in Grande Prairie.”
The final phase will be adding an old military vehicle.
The memorial is going up behind the Army, Navy, Air Force Veterans building.