The Corporation of The City of London
November 5, 2010
Veterans Memorial Parkway site of flag-raising salute to Canadian Veterans
The City of London, along with the governments of Canada and Ontario, honoured
Canadian veterans today at the unveiling of a permanent display of flags on one
section of the Veterans Memorial Parkway. Today’s ceremony included a flag party
march, the raising of federal, provincial and territorial flags, as well as a
flyover by three Mark II and one Mark IV Harvard aircraft in the Missing Man
formation. Other parkway improvements include several rock features and planting
elements along the roadway. The plantings feature a number of trees, which
supplement London’s tree cover and improve aesthetics.
“Today’s celebration, which coincides with the start of Veterans Week, allows
Canadians to honour members of our armed forces, both past and present, whose
brave service keeps us safe and to whom we pay tribute along the Veterans
Memorial Parkway,” said Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for
Elgin—Middlesex—London, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “It is partnership between all levels
of government that has enabled thousands of infrastructure improvements such as
this one to strengthen communities across Canada.”
“Ontario is honoured to be here today, with our federal and municipal partners,
to celebrate the courage, commitment, and sacrifice shown by our veterans,” said
Khalil Ramal, Member of Provincial Parliament for London—Fanshawe. “Through the
important infrastructure investments we’re making under our government’s Open
Ontario plan, we are honouring our citizens and strengthening communities across
“This collaborative project to display flags on Veterans Memorial Parkway will
serve as a constant reminder to all Londoners and visitors that Veterans are the
reason we enjoy the privilege of living in a free country,” said Mayor Anne
Marie DeCicco-Best. “These flags also serve as one more important component in
the City’s ongoing landscaping plans for the VMP.”
The governments of Canada and Ontario each contributed $233,000 toward this
project through the Infrastructure Stimulus Fund. The City of London contributed
the balance of the total eligible project cost of $700,000.
As part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the $4-billion
Infrastructure Stimulus Fund is funding close to 4,000 infrastructure projects
across the country.
In Ontario alone, Infrastructure Canada has committed close to $1.5 billion
toward over 1,900 projects across the province.
The contribution from the Province of Ontario comes from its 2009 provincial
budget that is supporting more than 300,000 jobs and strengthening Ontario's
Since 2007, the governments of Canada and Ontario have committed more than $13
billion in funding to over 6,400 infrastructure projects across the province.