New Westminster, British Columbia – A stretch of the Trans-Canada Highway between Langley and Abbotsford in B.C. will officially be dedicated as the “Highway of Heroes” in memory of the province’s thirteen fallen Canadian Forces Members who lost their lives in Afghanistan.
The highway also honours their families, who have received Memorial Silver Crosses. The official dedication ceremony will be made at 10:00 a.m. on June 9, 2011 at Honour House, 509 St. George Street in New Westminster.
In 2007, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation dedicated a stretch of Highway 401 in Toronto as a “Highway of Heroes.” The Ubique Unit of the 3rd Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Units (3rd CAV), a group of veterans and supporters who ride motorcycles and support communities, set a goal last year to see that a similar dedication was made in the West.
“It is important to salute the sacrifices of the fallen men and women who have given their lives in Afghanistan and honour the Silver Cross Families they have left behind,” said Barry Drews, vice-president of 3rd CAV. “We have thirteen Silver Cross Families in B.C. alone and having a ‘Highway of Heroes’ on each coast is necessary to recognize the contributions of the fallen and the great loss to our country.”