MEMORIAL TO THE FALLEN SOLDIER

This memorial is dedicated by CMIC to the Canadian Armed Forces for their exemplary service as peacekeepers all over the world.

Firmly believing in the tenet of Mahatma Gandhi, “There is no way to peace; peace is the way”, the Canadian Museum of Indian Civilization has embarked on a unique mission to showcase global initiatives that seek to bring about peace.

Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday, October 2, is universally declared as “World Peace Day”. On this fitting day in 2010, the CMIC unveiled a Memorial dedicated to Canadian soldiers who sacrificed their lives during Canada’s peace keeping efforts in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan is an extraordinarily courageous effort to eradicate the very roots of conflict that vitiate global peace. Through the creation of this monument, the Indo-Canadian community, led by CMIC and its donors, offers its respect and gratitude to our armed forces.

Aptly called the “Memorial to the Fallen Soldier”, this magnificent monument captures the glory and heroism of our armed forces. Shaped as a maple leaf, it is exquisitely carved in black and Imperial red granite, sourced from southern India. Standing at a towering 12 feet tall, the monument weighs over 15 tons. As a symbol of peace and patriotism is placed next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the grounds of the museum.