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The Thunder Bay Military History Society is to unveil a monument Sept. 14 in Waverley Park, honouring the memory of three local soldiers killed in the NATO campaign in Afghanistan.
Society chairman Ken MacAskill said Thursday that the monument dedication and unveiling will take place at 11 a.m.
Following the unveiling, the program will move to the Officers’ Mess in the Armoury where memorial toasts will be presented followed by light refreshments.
It is expected that the local military will perform the dedication service, but citizens of Thunder Bay as well as veterans and friends are encouraged to attend and pay their respects to the three men and show support for the surviving family members, said MacAskill.
The soldiers to be honoured are:
• Pte. Josh Klukie, 23, a member of the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment based at CFB Petawawa, died Sept. 29, 2006 after triggering what may have been an improvised explosive device on a road in Afghanistan’s Panjwaii district.
• Cpl. Anthony Joseph Boneca, 21, a reservist with the Lake Superior Scottish Regiment, was killed July 9, 2006, as Canadian military and Afghan security forces were pushing through an area west of Kandahar City that had been a hotbed of Taliban activity.
• Pte. Robert Costall, 22, was killed March 28, 2006 in a firefight with Taliban insurgents in the desert north of Kandahar. Costall was a member of 1st Battalion Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton. An American inquiry, made public in the summer of 2007, determined Costall was killed by friendly fire.