Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 in Smiths Falls is able to complete an application to purchase a surplus armoured car after town council confirmed that the vehicle can be located next to the town cenotaph, as a memorial to veterans of the war in Afghanistan.
Twenty surplus LAV 3 (light armoured vehicles) that served in Afghanistan are available for sale, and the local Legion branch plans to buy one as a permanent memorial.
Town Director of Community Services Art Manhire confirmed that land on the north side of the cenotaph is a suitable location for the armoured car, since there are no below-ground services at that location. The vehicle will be placed on a 30-foot long concrete pad, which the Legion will pay to install. The Legion will also bear the $17,000 cost of decommissioning the vehicle.
“As an Afghan memorial, it’s a very appropriate place for it,” said Mayor Shawn Pankow.