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June 7, 2010
Mayor David Miller and Royal Canadian Legion honour fallen Canadian soldiers with Toronto 'Route of Heroes'
  
The City of Toronto, in conjunction with the Royal Canadian Legion, has introduced the Route of Heroes - a ceremonial route along the Don Valley Parkway and city streets directly to the Coroner’s Office - in honour of Canada’s fallen soldiers.

The Route of Heroes continues the route taken by Canadian soldiers as they travel from CFB Trenton along Highway 401, the “Highway of Heroes,” and into Toronto on their final journey.

“It is important for the City of Toronto to pay tribute to these heroes, and providing signage along this part of a soldier’s final journey is a fitting honour,” said Mayor David Miller. “The courage and sacrifice demonstrated by all of our soldiers in conflicts around the world help to ensure the freedoms that all Canadians enjoy today.”

The Route of Heroes will be marked as follows: Starting south of Highway 401, along the Don Valley Parkway to the Bloor/Bayview exit at ramp to Bloor Street East, then westbound on Bloor Street to Bay Street and south on Bay Street to the Coroner’s Office on Grenville Street.

Signs will be placed at the intersections of major arterial roads including the DVP ramp and Bloor Street East; Bloor Street East and Jarvis Street; Bloor Street and Yonge Street; Bloor Street West at Bay Street, and Bay Street at Grenville Street.

“The Royal Canadian Legion is pleased that approval has been granted to introduce the Route of Heroes along the Don Valley Parkway and city streets leading to the Coroner's office in recognition of our Canadian soldiers who have paid the supreme sacrifice,” said David Adamson, District D Chairman, Royal Canadian Legion.

"The military is honoured by today’s dedication ceremony. It is a real tribute to our fallen comrades," said Brig. Gen. Jean Collin, Commander, Canada's Land Force Central Area and Joint Task Force Central.

Toronto is the first city to honour fallen soldiers with signage on streets in an urban area. In addition to the Route of Heroes, the City has a program in place to honour soldiers by attaching the poppy symbol to special street name signs for streets that have been named after fallen soldiers.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents. For information about non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-392-4391, sjohnsto@toronto.ca



 

 

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