Ontario Honouring Fallen Soldiers Along Highway of Heroes
November 6, 2015 9:30 A.M.
Ontario is honouring fallen Canadian soldiers by planting trees along the Highway of Heroes.
In partnership with Forests Ontario and Highway of Heroes Tribute, one tree will be planted along Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto for every soldier who has fallen serving Canada since Confederation--a total of 117,000 trees.
In addition to honouring Canadian service members, the project will provide additional benefits by increasing canopy cover, erosion control, wind breaks, pollinator species and greening along portions of Highway 401. Planting is expected to begin in spring 2016 and take approximately five years to complete. To launch the project, a ceremonial tree will be planted at each end of the Highway of Heroes: at CFB Trenton, where the highway begins, and outside the Coroner's Office at Keele Street in Toronto, where it ends.
" The benefits of this partnership are twofold. It allows us to honour the men and women who have given their lives in service of our country. At the same time, it allows us to continue the greening of our highways for healthier communities and a lasting legacy for future generations."
- Steven Del Duca
Minister of Transportation
" This partnership offers a unique opportunity to honour Canada’s fallen soldiers and build on the successful Greening of the Right of Way program on Ontario’s highways. Greener highways reduce carbon dioxide for a healthier environment. "
- Bill Mauro
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
" Toronto welcomes the final stage of a fallen soldier’s journey. This tribute will remind those traveling the highway of the great appreciation and respect we owe those who fought and sacrificed for our country."
- Monte Kwinter
MPP York Centre
" Trenton represents the starting point of the final journey of a fallen soldier. The Highway of Heroes grew out of the spontaneous tributes and signs of respect shown by local residents, and people all along the highway. The tree planting partnership is another excellent honour that we can bestow upon the fallen. "
- Lou Rinaldi
MPP Northumberland – Quinte West
" We are delighted to partner with the Ontario government on this meaningful, living tribute to veterans, and to those who have given their lives in service of Canada."
- Mark Cullen
Chair, Highway of Heroes Tribute
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