Friday, 24 August 2007

Highway of Heroes

As of Aug 23rd Canada announced its 69th death of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan CTV - Two Quebec Soldiers Killed a movement is growing to rename a 172km/107 mile stretch of Canada's busiest highway, Highway 401 in south-eastern Ontario between Trenton and Toronto. CNews - Ontario to dedicate Highway of Heroes in honour of soldiers felled in Afghanistan

As noted in this news article Osprey Media - Northumberland Today - Highway of Heroes: Let’s make it official, each time a Canadian soldier who has died overseas, they are brought back to Canada to the base at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton and then taken to Toronto, where an official autopsy is performed. To get there they travel in a motorcade convoy, complete with an official police escort along Highway 401. Lately police, fire department, ambulance personnel and ordinary Canadians have been lining the bridges over the Highway 401 route whenever one of these processions take place to show their respect, pay tribute, and honour the fallen soldiers and their families with one final salute. It doesn't matter what the weather is like, be it sunny, rainy, or snowy, people come out.

If you would like to sign the official petition, please visit this site Petition the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to Rename Highway 401

Editor's Note: It's official, MTO has renamed the stretch of highway.

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