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Fallen soldiers, first responders earn highway dedications

FORT MCMURRAY, AB — In recent weeks, Newfoundland and Alberta each dedicated portions of highway infrastructure to honor the efforts of military veterans and first responders.

On Oct. 26, Alberta designated an overpass where King Street crosses Highway 63 as “Responders Way.” It’s the same spot where first responders stood on the bridge and welcomed Albertans home, following the devastating wildfires that spread across Fort McMurray last May.

“People will think of this touching moment every time they cross the bridge or drive under it,” said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley of Responders Way, adding that the name is a fitting tribute.

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On Nov. 11, in recognition of Remembrance day, the Newfoundland government named the portion of the Trans-Canada Highway between Peacekeepers Way and the Veterans Memorial Highway, on the Avalon Peninsula, as the “Highway of Heroes.” The naming is in partnership with the 2nd Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Units, Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter, the province reported.

“[…] Newfoundlanders and Labradorians owe a debt to men and women who have served, and continue to serve, this province,” said Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador. “May we never forget their sacrifices and may we be reminded of their bravery every time we drive past this sign."

In 2016, Newfoundland and Labrador marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme at Beaumont-Hamel. Honour 100 initiatives took place throughout the province to commemorate Newfoundland and Labrador's First World War story and continued partnership with the Royal Canadian Legion. 

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