A memorial at the coalition base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, originally honoring Canadian troops has been rededicated to honor all NATO servicemembers who have been killed in Afghanistan.
The ceremony, held Monday to mark Memorial Day, was attended by American, Canadian, British, Dutch and Australian troops at the base, according to news reports and military officials.
The memorial — called an Inukshuk, part of the Inuit tradition — was erected in July 2002 to honor four Canadian soldiers killed by U.S. Air Force pilots in a friendly-fire incident earlier that year.
The Inukshuk was part of a larger memorial that paid tribute to other coalition troops and also victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in the U.S.
The stone marker had been damaged earlier this year, but was rebuilt and has been moved to the boardwalk area of the Kandahar base, officials said.