LAV III gets mon­u­ment where ve­hi­cles were built

The Chatham Daily News - - NEWS - NOR­MAN DE BONO

LON­DON — It’s a ve­hi­cle for peace­keep­ing, serv­ing as a mo­bile home for thou­sands of sol­diers and sav­ing lives — and it’s made in Lon­don.

The LAV III light ar­moured ve­hi­cle that served in Afghanistan with Cana­dian troops, now has its own mon­u­ment, tak­ing its place on a cold, snowy morn­ing Fri­day out­side the Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment Mu­seum in Lon­don.

“We are glad it is here. There is some­thing now rec­og­niz­ing vet­er­ans, not only our fallen but all who have served. We are happy,” said Sean Wil­son, whose brother of Trooper Mark Wil­son was killed in 2006 at age 39 while serv­ing in Afghanistan, speak­ing at the mon­u­ment un­veil­ing cer­e­mony.

The LAV III Mon­u­ment Pro­gram is an im­por­tant re­minder of the con­flict in Afghanistan where 162 Cana­di­ans were killed, he added.

“My brother lived in this for months. It’s a great idea for a mon­u­ment,” said Wil­son, ges­tur­ing to the LAV III.

“We did a good job over there.”

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