Afghanistan Memorial Hall
Canada’s military mission in Afghanistan came at a significant cost: 158 Canadian Armed Forces personnel, a Canadian diplomat, a Department of National Defence contractor, a Canadian journalist who was embedded with the Canadian Armed Forces, 42 United States armed forces members and one civilian contractor who were under Canadian command were killed during the conflict.
The Kandahar Cenotaph was built by military members serving in Afghanistan to honour the memory of the military members and civilians who died during Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. The Kandahar Cenotaph was repatriated to Canada at the end of Canada’s mission in March 2011. The Kandahar Cenotaph is now located in a purpose-built pavilion at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa.
The pavilion, known as the Afghanistan Memorial Hall, was officially opened during a commemorative ceremony on May 13, 2019. Families of the Fallen, Veterans and their families, and members of the public, are invited to visit the Afghanistan Memorial Hall and pay their respects to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
A Rededication Ceremony for the Kandahar Cenotaph, with invited families and friends of the Fallen in attendance, will be held on August 17, 2019 at the Afghanistan Memorial Hall. As the ceremony begins, so will the live stream on various Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces social media platforms to ensure all Canadians have a chance to take part as well. On August 18, Veterans and members of the public may visit the Kandahar Cenotaph at the Hall between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 7 p.m. without having to register in advance. Parking will be available at no cost on that day.
How to visit the Afghanistan Memorial Hall
Access by members of the families of the Fallen
Guided visits to the Afghanistan Memorial Hall by families of Canada’s Fallen in Afghanistan began on May 26, 2019 and will continue under separate arrangements. These visits are prioritized and coordinated outside of visits by members of the public.
Access by members of the public
Guided tours of the Afghanistan Memorial Hall for Veterans and members of the public will be conducted by Canadian Armed Forces personnel. Individuals who wish to visit must register in advance. Registration details follow.
Hours of operation
Guided visits for Veterans and members of the public will last 90 minutes and be conducted during the following hours
- starting at 3:30 pm until 5 pm
- starting at 9:30 am until 11:00 am;
- at 1 pm until 2:30 pm; and
- at 3:30 pm until 5 pm
Individuals must register in advance and be present at the start time of their designated visit.
- Send an email to VisitorAfghanMemorial-VisiteurMemorialAfghan@forces.gc.ca providing the following information:
- Your full name as indicated on government ID;
- The full names of guests (guests under the age of 18 can be accompanied by an adult with government ID and therefore do not need their own ID);
- The full names of guests who are Veterans;
- Three options of availability for your visit. (Please note that if you only pick one choice and it is full, you may not be placed into that group. We will not place you in a group that you did not choose);
- Your preferred official language (French/English). Tours are currently being done bilingually; and
- Any mobility issues.
- Requests will be processed within the next two business days and a confirmation email will be sent as soon as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How many people will be able to visit the Memorial Hall at a time?
A maximum of 45 members of the public can visit the Memorial Hall at one time.
- How will they be brought to the Memorial Hall?
Canadian Armed Forces escorts will meet visitors at the designated entry/exit point to National Defence Headquarters (Carling) (Gate 1). Visitors will be guided to the Afghanistan Memorial Hall and back to entry/exit point at the end of the visit. Construction is ongoing in the areas around the Afghanistan Memorial Hall and each group will move under the direction of the Canadian Armed Forces escorts.
- What can visitors expect to happen at the Memorial Hall?
Canadian Armed Forces personnel will explain the significance of the Afghanistan Memorial Hall, and the Kandahar Cenotaph. Visitors will have time to view the memorial plaques, which contain an image and information on each of the Fallen. Visitors will also be provided time for personal reflection while inside the Afghanistan Memorial Hall.
- Will parking be available for visitors?
Free parking will be available to members of the public who are registered to visit the Afghanistan Memorial Hall for the duration of their visit.
- Is there a cost to visit the Memorial Hall?
There is no cost to visit the Memorial Hall.
To provide feedback, please send an email to VisitorAfghanMemorial-VisiteurMemorialAfghan@forces.gc.ca.
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