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Section of highway could be dedicated to honour veterans

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Journal Staff

A proposal is afoot to have a section of Highway 40 in Sarnia dedicated as ‘Veterans Parkway.’

Sarnia, Aamjiwnaang and local veterans’ groups have endorsed the idea, and pending approval by Lambton County a formal application will be sent to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in February.

“Ottawa, Niagara, Toronto, Winnipeg — a lot of cities have sections of road dedicated to honouring the fallen and the veterans,” said Tom Slater, one of the project leads.

“This is a high traffic area and it’s beside Veteran’s Memorial forest.”

If approved, a four-kilometre section of Highway 40 between Berger Road and Plank Road would be dedicated as Veterans Parkway, with new signage and possibly flags or other features to honour those who serve.

No road names would officially be changed, Slater added.

“We want to honour the fallen soldiers, the veteran soldiers, the men and women that have served (and) the family members,” said Slater. “They’re sacrificing as well.”

The idea originated with Chuck Toth of the city’s Parks and Recreation department, who has been working on the project with Slater and Tom St. Amand, both retired teachers and historical researchers.

Sarnia council endorsed the idea in December, Slater said, and county council is to consider it next month. With the county’s support, Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey would deliver the application to the ministry.

Slater said letters of support have been received from the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 62, the First Hussars, Royal Canadian Naval Association, 403 Wing Air Force Association, and the Point Edward Ex-servicemen’s Association.


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