Premier Greg Selinger joined representatives of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Legion today to unveil Manitoba's Highway of Heroes between Winnipeg and Brandon that will permanently honour the contributions and sacrifices of Canada's military and veterans.
"For over 100 years, thousands of Manitobans have served our country with unwavering commitment, dedication and bravery," said Selinger. "The designation of this highway is one way we honour their legacy and sacrifice, and recognize the pride and profound thanks of all Manitobans to the women and men of our Canadian Forces."
Highway markers located just west of Winnipeg and east of Brandon on the Trans-Canada Highway feature the iconic red poppy at the top and the Highway of Heroes name in both official languages with reflective white lettering on a blue background.
"On behalf of the Canadian Forces, I express our deep gratitude to the Province of Manitoba and indeed all Manitobans for what they are doing to honour and stand with the men and women who serve Canada," said Maj.-Gen. Alain Parent, commander of 1 Canadian Air Division, headquartered in Winnipeg. "Today is more than a designation of a highway sign; it is the dedication of ourselves that we, the living, shall not forget the ultimate sacrifice others have made in the service of Canada."
A simultaneous event was held in the Brandon area on the Trans-Canada Highway near Shilo, which included Drew Caldwell, MLA, Brandon East; Cliff Cullen, MLA, Spruce Woods; Brandon Mayor Shari Decter Hirst; and Lt.-Col. R.W.H. (Richard) Goodyear, commander of Canadian Forces Base, Shilo.
Approximately 425,000 Canadians served overseas in the First World War and over one million in the Second World War. Nearly 117,000 Canadians have died and over 225,000 have been wounded in all conflicts since Manitoba entered Confederation in 1870.