New high­way name hon­ours vet­er­ans

The Standard (St. Catharines) - - LOCALNEWS - QMI Agency

NI­A­GARA FALLS — High­way 420, used by more than 44,000 driv­ers a day dur­ing the sum­mer, has been re­named Ni­a­gara Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way.

The high­light of a cer­e­mony held late last week was the un­veil­ing of a sign fea­tur­ing a red poppy with the name Ni­a­gara Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way.

Coun. Vic­tor Pi­etrangelo first sug­gested the idea sev­eral years ago.

By re­nam­ing the high­way, he said, “we will be mak­ing a state­ment as a com­mu­nity in that we sup­port and we stand be­hind our vet­er­ans. We hon­our what they have given to us.”

Vet­er­ans, stu­dents and dig­ni­taries watched the sign un­veil­ing.

Saint Paul High School stu­dent Michelle San­lon spoke about her trip to Vimy Ridge and thanked the vet­er­ans for the sac­ri­fices they made.

Ni­a­gara Falls Mayor Ted Salci said, “ High­way 420 has al­ways been the red car­pet that we’ve rolled out to our vis­i­tors. This well-trav­elled stretch of high­way is the gate­way to our com­mu­nity, our re­gion and to our coun­try.

“ The mil­lions of vis­i­tors we in­vite here each year will now be re­minded of the hon­our we place upon our vet­er­ans.”

Re­gional Chair­man Peter Part­ing­ton said it has been said there are no un­wounded sol­diers.

“They all paid the price for our free­dom, for our peace and our way of life.”

Vet­eran Jim Green, a mem­ber of Royal Cana­dian Le­gion branch 51, said vet­er­ans have been wait­ing a long time for some­thing like this.

“This is great and we thank all those who sup­port us be­cause we need it.”

Mike Blais, pres­i­dent of the Royal Cana­dian Reg­i­ment As­so­ci­a­tion for Ni­a­gara, said ev­ery vet­eran should be ec­static be­cause to re­name a high­way is an hon­our.

“ This is a great way to pro­mote Canada’s her­itage. Many vis­i­tors drive down this high­way and they will see that we re­spect our vet­er­ans. Peo­ple will be very im­pressed,” said Blais.


Ni­a­gara vet­er­ans gather around the sign re­nam­ing High­way 420 to Ni­a­gara Vet­er­ans Me­mo­rial High­way, at a cer­e­mony held last week.

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