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Ontario Honouring Fallen Soldiers from Afghanistan

New Signs on the Highway of Heroes Honour the 158 Soldiers Who Gave Their Lives

Ohoto courtesy of Pete Fisher

Ontario is honouring the Canadian soldiers who have given their lives during the war in Afghanistan with new signs on the Highway of Heroes. The 158 signs — one for each fallen soldier — read “we remember” and have been installed along Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto.

Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West was on hand at a commemorative ceremony in Cobourg today to display the signs and thank veterans for their service.

The signs are a result of a partnership between Ontario and SerViCe, a group of three volunteers who have adopted the entire 172 km stretch of Highway 401 that comprises the Highway of Heroes.

QUOTES

“The Highway of Heroes honours the men and women who have given their lives in service of our country. These signs commemorating the fallen soldiers from Afghanistan will remind everyone who travels this route of the bravery and sacrifice of Canada’s soldiers.”

— Lou Rinaldi, MPP for Northumberland-Quinte West

QUICK FACTS

§   Highway 401 between Glen Miller Road in Trenton and Keele Street in Toronto is recognized as the Highway of Heroes, representing the final journey of Canadian men and women who died in service to their country.

§   The Highway of Heroes was dedicated on August 24, 2007.

§   The adopt-a-highway program began in 1991. It is a long-standing Ontario program with several hundred groups who volunteer to clean sections of highways around the province.

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Contact for more information:

Lou Rinaldi, M.P.P.

Northumberland-Quinte West

1-800-263-3980

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