Bringing The Poppy Home
Making remembrance more than
something we feel, but something we do. WO Groves & Sgt. Huizinga 18 Oct. 2013
|November 11, 2011 the last Remembrance Day parade of Operation ATHENA, LGen Jonathan Vance, (left) placed a poppy on each plaque of the Kandahar Airfield Memorial while our minister of National Defense Peter MacKay read each name of those who were lost in Afghanistan while serving under Canadian Command.|
|In keeping with a tradition that began at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, soldiers attending this ceremony laid their poppies on the monument at the conclusion of the parade.|
|POPPIES REMOVED FROM MEMORIAL|
The 2011 Remembrance Day
ceremony in Kandahar was the last. After nearly a decade of combat, Canadians
have largely pulled out, leaving about 1,000 personnel to aid in the training of
Afghan soldiers and police. To mark the occasion, Defence Minister Peter MacKay
joined the ceremony in Kandahar. "We have a solemn duty to remember those who
served, especially those who have fallen in service to their country," he said
in a statement.
I'm proud to add Renay is also a Newfoundlander.
|A team has been assembled by WO Groves and Sgt Huizinga to design a memorial that will preserve and honor the memory of our fallen heroes. The team will mount the poppies from the last Remembrance Day ceremony in Kandahar in such a way as to retain the solemnity and respect that each represents. As a team, THEY have decided where and how this memorial was presented on Nov 11, 2013, and where it will make its permanent home. While involved in this project our team gained a deeper understanding of how our soldiers in Afghanistan made unthinkable sacrifices, witnessed unknowable horrors, and struggled against a threat so enormous as to be almost incomprehensible.|
WO Renay Groves –
|MEMORIAL DESIGN CONCEPT|
|1.The base is a trapezoid made of aluminum to support the memorial as a whole.
Attached to this is a road-wheel from a battle-damaged Leopard tank.
2.The intermediate portion of the memorial consists of the engine vents (louvres) from the same tank constructed to form a tube supporting the upper portion of the memorial. At the top of the vents there is a brass band (one piece) with all of the names of the fallen soldiers engraved on it. Resting on top of this will be a battle-damaged hatch from the tank. The circular configuration signifies the role of our soldiers in protecting and surrounding our nation. The poppies (bronzed and painted) will be attached to the road wheel, vents and hatch to represent how our soldiers protect and support our country (the Maple Leaf) and fight alongside their fire team partner. They will be mounted in a pseudo-random fashion, in such a way as to represent the randomness of each event and the randomness of death in war. The only stipulation is that no one poppy is completely covered by the rest. Also, this represents how no single sacrifice is greater than another.
3.The Maple Leaf itself will be mounted to a support roller from the tank, allowing it to rotate as needed. The Leaf has been cut from the back deck of the battle-damaged tank. It has been painted in such a way as to preserve the integrity of the battle-damage.
2. Rotating Maple Leaf
4. Size – Maple leaf approximately 3’ x 3’, Memorial approximately 75” tall (1905mm)
5. Weight – Total approximate weight ivo 425 lbs.
6. Maintain battle-damaged components in their original state as much as possible.
7. Coating to preserve the Memorial long-term.
8. Paint – same paint as utilized on our armoured vehicles in Afghanistan.
9. Poppies painted by veteran Sgt Karey Wood
|The Poppy Memorial
Documents used in planning and development:
Word File - 21 EW Regt - BN Poppy Project
PowerPoint - Bringing the Poppy Home 18 Oct 2013
1. The intent now is to participate in a variety of ceremonies and activities
during Remembrance Week and on Remembrance Day.