Highway 401: Millions of trees planted for veterans


More than two million trees have been planted alongside Highway 401 – often known as the Highway of Heroes – within the final eight years to commemorate all who served within the Canadian Armed Forces. 

The trees had been planted by the Trees for Life Highway of Heroes Tree marketing campaign, which began in 2015. Through it, one tree has been planted for each Canadian who served within the armed forces since Confederation in 1867. 

Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan and Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson celebrated the final tree planted Wednesday on the Historic Fort York in Toronto.

“Along the Highway of Heroes, trees have been planted to represent the sacrifices of those that served in Canada’s armed forces. This eight-year-long tree-planting marketing campaign with was accomplished at this time in Ontario,” Wilkinson mentioned.

“This vital endeavor additionally leaves our communities with shade and clear air for generations to return. I wish to congratulate all of these concerned.”

Natural Resources Canada donated $2.4 million to Trees for Life by 2 Billion Trees, a nationwide program geared towards new tree planting tasks.

“Until recently I could not allow myself to imagine that this day would come, when we would plant the last tree as part of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign,” co-founder of the marketing campaign, Mark Cullen, mentioned.

“Now, the highway corridor is reforested with a tree for every hero lost at war while volunteering for military service and for all those that have served.”

Highway of Heroes earned its identify after transporting fallen troopers on a 170-km funeral convoy from CFB Trenton to the coroner’s workplace inToronto.

The milestone comes simply over every week earlier than Remembrance Day, when the nation displays on the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans. 


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