Within the next few weeks, commuters along Dixie Road, located in the Peel Region, will witness 38 km of commemorative signage along this road, recently designated as the Veterans Memorial Roadway.
“I am pleased that The Region of Peel has commemorated Dixie Road as Veterans Memorial Roadway to honour the bravery and sacrifice our veterans have made for our freedom and defending our way of life. Our Canadian soldiers from past and present will always be on our minds and in our hearts. Our veterans are our heroes. I want to thank the local Royal Canadian Legion Branches for helping us commemorate this roadway so that their legacy will never be forgotten and their heroism will live on with future generations,” said Regional Chair Frank Dale.
The Region of Peel, located in Southern Ontario, decided to designate Dixie Road as the Veterans Memorial Roadway in order to recognize and keep alive the memory and sacrifices of those who have served and are serving in the CAF “and who have contributed to the development of Canada as a nation.”
The idea originated in the Peel Regional Council. The council then worked alongside local Legions to select the road, transcribe the appropriate commemorative phrasing and design the signs.
“On behalf of District B of the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command and all its members, I would like to thank the Region of Peel and the municipal governments involved in honouring our veterans with this Veterans Memorial Roadway. Along with the aid of our local Royal Canadian Legion Branches, you have helped to insure that our Veterans remain in the hearts and minds of a grateful nation throughout the years. As Legion Members, we were honoured to have been requested to participate in this process and I would like to thank all that participated for all their input. ‘WE WILL REMEMBER THEM,’” said Jack Porter, District B Deputy Commander of the Royal Canadian Legion Ontario Command.
Road names have not been changed.
Peel Region officials are working closely with the Town of Caledon to ensure that signs continue another 16 km north beyond Dixie Road alongside Horseshoe Hill Road, taking them to the end of Peel at Highway 9.