Making Veterans Memorial Parkway a Fitting Tribute to Our Veterans
April 9th, 2010 - 10:03pm
The 93rd Anniversary of the day that Canadian troops took Vimy Ridge, a pivotal point in history for Canada and the world, marked the unveiling of the first in a series of tributes to our veterans which will be erected along Veterans Memorial Parkway, the eastern gateway to the City of London.
Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best, MPs Irene Mathyssen (London-Fanshawe), Glen Pearson (London-North-Centre), Ed Holder (London West), and Joe Preston (Elgin-Middlesex-London), along with MPPs Chris Bentley, Khalil Ramal, and Steve Peters were all on hand for the official unveiling of the gateway monument.
With financing from all three levels of government, additional components will be added to the Veterans Parkway throughout the year, including a project featuring the flags of Canada's provinces which Mathyssen and her husband Keith have been working on.
In addition to the features honouring our veterans, Scouts Canada will be planting 20,000 trees and shrubs along the Veterans Parkway over the next five years. The first planting happens April 24th from 9am-12. Volunteers wishing to help with the planting are invited to join Irene and the Scouts at the corner of Veterans Memorial Parkway and Trafalgar St.