Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Richmond Landing to house two new Military Memorial Monuments

With Canada's 150th Anniversary just around the corner, the military and public works announced late yesterday that they plan to add two new memorials to the "Memorial Walk" in Ottawa that begins in Major Hill's Park, and heads down Wellington Ave. to the War Museum at Lebreton Flats.

The site of the new memorials will be Richmond Landing, located right behind the Library and Archives Canada building. The site already houses the Royal Canadian Navy Monument.

A design competition for the two new memorials will be announced shortly, as the government wants both to be in place for the celebration of Canada's 150th Anniversary in 2017.

One memorial will be Canada's Victoria Cross memorial, and will honour the 99 Canadians who have been awarded the highest military honour throughout Canada's history.

The other memorial will be to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan and will honour both the Civilian and Military personnel who conducted the fourteen year long mission in Afghanistan between 2001-2014. Other details have not been released yet.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Canada in Iraq: Four CF-18s Bomb ISIS Targets

DND released more information early this morning about Canada's mission against ISIS, which has seen a slow down in the number of air strikes.

On May 6 two RCAF CF-18s hit an ISIS fighting position north  of the city of Bayji.

On May 8, a RCAF CF-18 attacked an ISIS target during a "roadside bomb installation" south-east of the city of Haditha.

On May 9, a RCAF CF-18 bombed an ISIS fighting position north of Bayji.

No new details on the expanded mission in Syria, which has been quiet since Canada's first strikes, due in large part to the lack of allies on the ground.