On November 6th, Ken Jewett and Maple Leaves Forever participated in the official launch of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute campaign: to plant a tree for every soldier who has fallen serving Canada since Confederation.
The stretch of highway 401 from Glen Miller Road in Trenton to the Coroner’s Office at Keele Street/401 in Toronto is recognized as the Highway of Heroes. When a member of the Canadian Armed Forces dies in service to their country, his or her final journey is over this stretch of highway 401.
Two official ceremonies acknowledged the kickoff of the campaign on November 6th. The first included the ceremonial planting of a native sugar maple tree on the grounds of the Coroner’s Complex, just north of the Keele Street and 401 interchange in Toronto. A few hours later, a second maple tree was planted at Wing 8 CFB Trenton.
In Partnership with the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute, Forests Ontario will plant one tree along this highway corridor for every member of the Canadian Armed Forces who has died in the service of their country since Confederation. Over 117,000 trees will be planted. Forests Ontario will also be responsible for the maintenance of the planting sites.
Maple Leaves Forever is proud to be a founding member of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute and applauds the living legacy that will be created honouring Canada’s Fallen War Heroes.
More information about this event and tree planting on the Highway of Heroes can be found at www.hohtribute.ca