Recognizing London's Service Men and Women through "Streets of Honour"
The Streets of Honour program was created to pay tribute to outstanding service people from various backgrounds. Naming a City street to memorialize their efforts is intended to promote awareness of the individual and express appreciation for their special contributions.
The Streets of Honour program is open to those individuals who have served in the following areas:
- Veterans who served in a war, in the Armed Forces, or as a peacekeeper, who served with distinction and from the City of London.
- Police, Fire and Emergency Services personnel who died in service;
- Police, Fire and Emergency Services personnel who did not lose their lives in action but are retired and/or deceased;
- City of London employees, City Council, and Committee members who have served the City for a period of 25 years or more and are retired and/or deceased; and
- Honourees from the Mayor’s Honour List
All nominations must include a letter of support from the Veteran’s organization or the applicable branch of service.
Nominations are reviewed by the Municipal Addressing Advisory Group (M.A.A.G.) and approved names will be placed on the reserve list to be selected on an ‘as-needed’ basis when new City streets are created. Streets of Honour submissions are scrutinized under the same criteria as any street name submission. There are no municipal fees associated with applying to this program.
Don't forget, this is not a program to rename an existing street; an approved application will add the name of the honoree to the list of potential names for future streets.
The original program began in December 1989, encouraging the naming of new streets after London residents who lost their lives while serving for the Armed Forces, City Police or Fire Department. It was expanded in 2006 and today features many “honorary” streets.
These streets are identified by the use of a ‘poppy’ symbol for Armed Forces individuals and a City of London ‘tree’ symbol for other honourees. These symbols appear on the City's interactive map in front of the street name, for easy reference.