The process of selecting the most appropriate location is expected to delay the installation of an armoured car monument in Smiths Falls until next year.
In a presentation to Smiths Falls town council on Sept. 25, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 member Jim Jenkins said donors to the project, which will see the purchase and permanent installation of a surplus LAV (Light Armoured Vehicle) III as a memorial to veterans of Afghanistan, have indicated that their favourite location in town is beside the cenotaph near the Senators’ rink.
Jenkins told council that even if a quick decision can be reached on the location, the requirement to pour a concrete base, and allow the concrete to cure for a month, means that the installation is unlikely to happen until 2018.
Jenkins said the project will cost $20,000, and with a total of $13,000 raised or pledged to date, “we are short a bit of money.” To help reach the final goal, he added, the organizing committee would like to apply to the town for a community grant of $5,000.
“We as a Legion will be responsible for this monument,” Jenkins confirmed. “We are sure that by November we’ll have secured enough (funds) to get everything started.”
A crane will be required to put the 11-tonne vehicle onto the concrete base once a final decision has been made on the location.
The monument will consist of a decommissioned LAV III of the type which played a critical role in missions carried out by Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
Before making a decision, councillors requested a report from staff to outline the pros and cons of various potential locations for the monument.