Friday, November 2nd, the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign planted 300 trees at Intrepid Park in Whitby with the help of uniformed officers from the Canadian Armed Forces and local volunteers. The tree planting took place at the former site of Camp X, the legendary secret paramilitary training installation for covert agents during the second world war.
Mark Cullen, Canada’s gardening guru, Chair and co-founder of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign, opened the tree planting ceremony to recognize Frank Cowan Company, Aeroplan and Avis and the Town of Whitby for their amazing support. The opening ceremony also featured remarks from Larry Ryan, President of Frank Cowan Company, Leslie Lorette, Regional Manager, Global Partnerships & Travel, from Avis and local dignitaries, including MP Celina Caesar-Chavannes, MPP Lorne Coe, Mayor of Whitby Don Mitchell and Durham Regional Chair-Elect, John Henry. Attendees were invited to tour the grounds after the ceremony and learn more about the historic Camp X.
Three years after the first trees were planted in connection to the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign,Canadians continue to show support for the project and the goal to plant a tree for each of the 2 million Canadians who served our country in times of conflict. 117,000 of these trees will be for each Canadian who has fallen in war since the confederation. These trees are being planted along and near the Highway of Heroes, also known as Highway 401, between Trenton and Toronto.
Intrepid Park, Whitby
November 2, 2018