Canada in Afghanistan: The Faces and Stories of Sacrifice

Who is a hero? It is the men and women who put the lives of others before their own. Project Heroes provides a deeper understanding of the Canadian soldiers who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the Afghanistan conflict. Get to know these soldiers through their eyes, in photographs, videos and letters. Get to know them through their stories, individual portraits and the larger paintings that express the loss endured by their comrades and families. Project Heroes is a traveling exhibit which honours these men and women by telling their stories.

Exhibit Content

1. A manufactured maple tree is the first thing that visitors will see and sets the tone for the exhibit.

  • 11' tall with approximately 6’ diameter head, branches starting at 5’.
  • The tree will be tied with yellow ribbons representing all soldiers, veterans and peacekeepers, past and present.
  • An iPod in the interior of the tree will play quiet bird song.

2. Ten roll up banners approximately 82”H x 33”W.

  • Three banners will be in the vicinity of the tree to introduce the exhibit and recognize sponsors, donors and volunteers.
  • Five banners outline Canada’s role in military conflict over the past 100 years.
  • Two banners name all the soldiers who died in Afghanistan (this is being done for those whose families cannot be located yet) and ask and answer the questions of who is a Canadian soldier and what compels him or her to join the military/sign on for future tours.

3. Up to 158 Framed Portraits (framed size is 22H x 18W)

  • The portraits are 18H x 14W framed with Canadian made 3 inch wood frames.
  • Framed size is 22H x 18W.
    Note: Project Heroes is a work in progress and as of March 31 78 portraits will be included in the exhibit. We add portraits as the families come forward or are located.

4. Each soldier’s story.

  • Each soldier’s portrait is accompanied by his/her story (in both English and French) to be displayed on the wall beside or beneath portraits.
  • 8.5H x 11W.
  • Number of stories corresponds with the number of portraits.

5. Four large paintings

  • Five panel painting 6 x15 feet depicts WW1, WW2, Korean, peacekeeping and the Afghanistan war.
  • Three panel painting 6 x 9 feet represents the families and community.
  • Three panel painting 6 x 9 feet represents the wounded both physically and mentally.
  • Two panel painting 6 x 6 feet honours those who suffer from PTSD and those who take their own lives.
  • Each panel rests on it’s own H-frame easel. Thirteen easels total.

9. Four stands holding 17”H x 11”W posters describing the above paintings.

10. Big screen TV and stand.

Multi-media revealing soldiers’ perspective of Afghanistan through their photographs of life on the base, on patrol and interacting with the Afghan people. The TV will be housed in a wood cabinet.


The exhibit requires a minimum of 160 - 175 linear feet if the portraits are double hung or 260 linear feet if hung in one row. The exhibit may be adapted for smaller spaces by eliminating some elements like the tree or TV. A hanging system for the portraits and lighting for each portrait is needed. Requires installation by venue staff.


This exhibit is provided at no charge.


Cost of incoming shipping to be paid by venue.