Transportation and Works
Health and Community Services
November 12, 2019

Trans-Canada Highway Near Gander Named Remembrance Way

The Department of Transportation and Works, in collaboration with the Town of Gander, has named a section of the Trans-Canada Highway near Gander as Remembrance Way in honour of the 100 Second World War soldiers and airmen laid to rest at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery and members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division.

The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, took part in a ceremony to unveil a sign displaying a poppy and the 101st Airborne Division’s logo yesterday (Monday, November 11) at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum.

The two-kilometre section of highway east of Gander extends one kilometre east and west of the midpoint between the cemetery and the Silent Witness Memorial, which commemorates the crash site of Arrow Air Flight 1285 where the 248 members of the 101st Airborne Division and eight civilians died in 1985.

Quotes
“As we have done with Peacekeepers Way, Veterans Memorial Highway, and Highway of Heroes, the Department of Transportation and Works welcomed the opportunity to honour those who served in the military. This section of highway will now recognize these important historical landmarks and the military and aviation history of Gander for highway travellers.”
Honourable Steve Crocker
Minister of Transportation and Works 

“Gander has always welcomed the world as a stopover for the thousands of men and women who served their countries in times of war and peace. We value their service. The naming of this historical stretch of highway is a fitting tribute and reminder of their heroic contributions for which we owe a debt of gratitude. I thank Sergeant (Retired) Robert J. Smith for his initiative and all who played a role in making this tribute possible.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Communities Services 

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2019 11 12                              3:00 p.m.