The mission of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute is simple: To honour Canada’s fallen by planting 117,000 trees, one for every fallen Canadian Soldier sinceConfederation, along and near the Highway of Heroes between Trenton and Toronto.
This Living Tribute is something that touches every Canadian. It transcends political partisanship, ethnic and language diversity, and brings Canadians together from across this great, vast country. Like the building of the Transcontinental Railroad 150 years ago, The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute unites Canadians like few things can. (Gold medal Olympic hockey games excluded).
How did we come up with the idea of reforesting the 401? Well, as people that care about our veterans and our environment it was a natural evolution that the two would find a home together in a worthy project.
We believe that good ideas can germinate into other good ideas. The Highway of Heroes Tribute is modeled on a fantastic initiative that began in London, Ontario with the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Visit them to learn about the great work they are doing in the community of London.
Our board members Tony DiGiovanni, Mark Cullen and Michael de Pencier, along with our master landscape designer Ron Koudys developed the idea for the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute. In May 2015, they invited Scott Bryk on to the team as Executive Director to drive the project forward. And so our journey begins.