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Richmond Landing to be site of 2 new military memorials

05/12/2015 02:02 EDT | Updated 05/12/2016 05:59 EDT
Two new national memorials honouring members of the Canadian military will be built at Richmond Landing as part of a larger new memorial route through downtown Ottawa, Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday.

The site along the Ottawa River south of Victoria Island will be home to the National Memorial to Canada's Mission in Afghanistan and the National Victoria Cross Memorial. It is already the site of the Royal Canadian Navy Monument.

The new memorials, along with a 2.8-kilometre memorial route that will link Ottawa landmarks with military significance, are expected to be unveiled in 2017 for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The route is expected to begin at Cartier Square Drill Hall along the Rideau Canal near Ottawa's City Hall, continue to the National War Memorial and the Parliament Buildings, and end at the Canadian War Museum.

The memorial to the mission in Afghanistan was announced last May ahead of the National Day of Honour, a one-time event to honour the 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces personnel who fought and the 158 who died in Afghanistan.

The new permanent memorial at Richmond Landing is separate from the travelling Afghanistan Memorial Vigil, which contains plaques originally displayed at the cenotaph at the Kandahar Air Field, said Martin Magnan, Veterans of Affairs press secretary.

The Victoria Cross Memorial will list the names of the 99 Canadians who earned the country's highest award for valour.