A war monument that honours the 130 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan was unveiled in downtown Fredericton on Sunday afternoon.
Among those honoured by the memorial is Pte. David Greenslade of Saint John. Greenslade, a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was killed when the light armoured vehicle he was in hit a roadside bomb outside Kandahar. He was 20 years old.
'I know eventually there would have been a monument built, but it's nice to remember now … That way we won't forget, won't let it slip by.'—Jim Little, Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 4
"We lost our only child David, Easter Sunday, 2007, along with five other brave soldiers," said Laurie Greenslade, who planned to attend the unveiling ceremony with her husband Don.
She said the monument is important to her and she hopes it will serve as a reminder to everyone, not just those with a close connection to the war.
"I would like them to remember the sacrifice of our young soldiers and also past wars and conflicts, the vets and what they've gone through. What it means to be a Canadian, that we should be proud."
Canadians need to remember the sacrifices of fallen heroes and their families now, not later, said Jim Little, who came up with the idea for the two-stone monument and raised the money.
"I know eventually there would have been a monument built, but it's nice to remember now," said Little, the general manager of Branch No. 4 of the Royal Canadian Legion.
"That way we won't forget, won't let it slip by."
The ceremony took place at 4 p.m. in front of the legion on Queen Street.
Dignitaries, members of the military, and family members of New Brunswick soldiers killed in Afghanistan attended.