David Pugliese, writing in the Ottawa Citizen, reports that “The memorial to fallen Canadian troops that was once at Kandahar airfield in Afghanistan is expected to be officially unveiled sometime in November at the Department of National Defence campus in west-end Ottawa. The cenotaph which memorializes the losses endured in the Afghan war was rebuilt at the campus … [but] … The memorial is housed in a secure area at the DND campus (the former Nortel campus) and the department is still working out how the public will be able to visit the building that houses the cenotaph … [and] … even if arrangements are made for members of the public to have easy access to the site, the question remains about whether they will travel to the west end of Ottawa to visit the memorial.“
“Would it have made more sense,” Mr Pugielse asks “to place the memorial in downtown Ottawa where a large numbers of people work and where visitors to the city tend to congregate?” The answer seems pretty obvious to me, and, David Pugliese reports that, “The DND headquarters campus wasn’t the first choice for the memorial … [and] … In 2011, a military working group recommended that the cenotaph instead be located on DND property at Dow’s Lake in central Ottawa.“
Why, one must wonder, was this decision made? By whom? This has the same smell as dedicating the Holocaust Memorial in Ottawa and forgetting to mention the Jews … it’s that “tone deaf” thing, again.
Someone, maybe even Minister Sajjan or Defence Chief Jonathan Vance, needs to give his head a shake and tell the staff to rethink this. I know that someone will be embarrassed but that’s better than being told, by the public, that you’re stupid, isn’t it? … Or, perhaps, this is calculated to try to help Canadians forget that they lost sons and daughters in a real war, because wars don’t fit the Liberal Party of Canada’s narrative.