The Memorial Design
The Memorial will be made of horizontal and vertical granite components. Both sides of the vertical granite component will contain an image of a Canadian soldier and an Afghan child reaching out to one another, with an inscription in English on one side and in French on the other. The horizontal component will be the Monument base, inscribed the names and dates of death of Canadian Armed Forces and Public Service personnel.
The image on the memorial was inspired by this photo of a Canadian soldier and an Afghan child taken by Reuters photographer Finbarr O’Reilly in Panjwaii on July 13, 2007. O’Reilly was born in Wales in 1971 and lived in Dublin, Ireland before moving to Vancouver with his family at the age of nine.
For more information on O’Reilly and to see more images, please click on the photo to be taken to his website.
Rights were provided by the photographer and Reuters
The soldier reaching out to the Afghan child is Lt. Michael McCauley.
More information on Lt. McCauley will be added soon.
Afghanistan Memorial board chair, Brigadier General (Ret’d) JEL (Larry) Gollner met Lt. McCauley in Fredericton, NB in early June 2017 and invited him to participate in the unveiling and dedication ceremony in Victoria on 30 September 2017.