Ontario Government Honours Canada's Fallen Soldiers
QUEEN'S PARK, ON, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario government has formally
dedicated the "Highway of Heroes" by unveiling signs along a stretch of
Highway 401 that commemorate the bravery and sacrifice of Canadian soldiers,
Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
"The road that links Ontario and Quebec is named in honour of the two
leaders who gave life to our young nation more than 140 years ago," said
Premier McGuinty. "It is enormously fitting, then, that we dedicate a portion
of this very road in honour of those who gave their lives for our nation."
New "Highway of Heroes" signs have been installed along the route,
commemorating Canadian soldiers who have made the supreme sacrifice in the
line of duty. This dedication pays tribute to the solemn journey fallen
soldiers take once they return to Canada and are formally transported from
Trenton to Toronto. The 172-kilometre stretch of Highway 401 between Toronto
and Trenton will keep its official name -- the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway.
These processions have drawn large crowds of mourners -- local residents,
emergency service personnel and veterans -- who have gathered on nearby
overpasses, waved flags and saluted in support of Canadian troops.
"The designation of this significant section of the Macdonald-Cartier
Freeway honours the sacrifice given by Canada's military personnel in the
service of our nation, and the support of our troops by all Ontario citizens,"
said Major-General Richard Rohmer, co-chair of Ontario's Veterans' Memorial
"We are creating a legacy in remembrance and respect of our troops who
have courageously given their lives in the line of duty," said Transportation
Minister Donna Cansfield. "Dedicating a stretch of Highway 401 that has become
the route of fallen soldiers is a fitting honour for our fallen troops."
Highway 401 is Canada's busiest highway. It now joins several other
Ontario highways that have been dedicated to the memory of Canada's war
heroes. These include Ontario's Veterans Memorial Highway (Highway 416), the
General Brock Highway (Highway 405) and the Hastings and Prince Edward
Regiment Commemorative Highway (Highway 62).
"This Highway of Heroes reminds us that our freedom, safety and
prosperity is often purchased by the sacrifices of others," said Premier
McGuinty. "We owe them a great debt -- and while we can never repay that debt,
we can see to it that their courage and commitment will always be remembered."
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