LAV III gets monument where vehicles were built
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.”