HRH Prince Harry arrives at Canada House November 11, 2015 to view the lestweforgetCANADA mural, the Man/Art/Action performance piece CONTACT!unload and the Veterans Tribute Pole. As requested by High Commissioner Gordon Campbell, The Tribute Pole will remain permanently exhibited in Canada House.
The National Day of Honour was announced by the Prime Minister and declared by Royal Proclamation on March 18, 2014.
It was an opportunity for Canadians to recognize the valour, strength and sacrifices of the 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces who served in Afghanistan as well as to honour the 158 soldiers and 4 civilians killed over the past 12 years.
The lestweforgetCANADA mural created an opportunity for the community to work together to honour those who died in Afghanistan while raising awareness of the challenges facing veterans, their families and the families of the fallen. All monies raised through sponsorships were donated to the Veterans Transition Network. The mural was featured in Ottawa May 9, 2014 for National Day of Honour hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Condiments soldiers carry in their field packs were used to create these devices. Ninety six packets representing the 96 Canadian soldiers who were killed by stepping on or driving over an improvised explosive device were detonated onto canvases. The 1341 steel pin shrapnel represent the number of Americans that have been killed by explosive devices. These IED’s were detonated onto canvases and then coated with an epoxy resin.