Highway 1 between Moose Jaw and Regina has been named "Saskatchewan's Highway of Heroes" as a permanent tribute to Canadian Forces personnel from Saskatchewan who have lost their lives in service to our country.
Premier Brad Wall made this announcement today, alongside representatives from the Canadian military and family members of Saskatchewan's fallen, where he unveiled a new sign to mark the highway's new designation.
"It is with honour and the deepest respect, that we take this opportunity to preserve the memory of our fallen soldiers by naming Highway 1 between Regina and Moose Jaw as Saskatchewan's Highway of Heroes," Wall said. "This will serve as a visual tribute and reminder of the sacrifice of Saskatchewan soldiers who fought and died to preserve our freedom."
"The province and the people of Saskatchewan have time and again demonstrated by their actions the respect they have for fellow Canadians in uniform," Commander Land Force Western Area Brig.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk said. "We are extremely grateful for the incredible support from the hundreds of communities across Western Canada that our soldiers call home."
"The Canadian Forces greatly appreciate this tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in the service of Canada and pay respect to Canada's veterans and their families," Commander of 15 Wing Moose Jaw Col. Marc Bigaouette said.
In Saskatchewan, the Trans Canada Highway between Moose Jaw and Regina has been chosen as "Saskatchewan's Highway of Heroes". Both cities were important bases to the Air Training Program during the Second World War and an active military presence in both cities remains today.
The naming ceremony took place just west of Regina, where the sign will be permanently mounted. An identical sign will be installed on Highway 1 in the eastbound right-of-way just outside of Moose Jaw.