HALIFAX – The province is paying tribute to the men and women who risk their lives every day to keep Nova Scotians healthy and safe by renaming a section of Highway 111 the Highway of Heroes, Premier Darrell Dexter announced Wednesday.
"There are so many quiet heroes among us whose brave and selfless actions often go unnoticed," said Premier Dexter. "Dedicating this section of highway in their honour is one small way that Nova Scotians can say thank you for the special work that these people do every day. It underscores the province's sincere appreciation for our military and first responders."
The section of highway in Dartmouth, between the MacKay bridge and Pleasant Street, celebrates the courageous work of all Nova Scotia veterans, firefighters, police and paramedics, as well as everyday heroes like Harry Fraser and Nicholas Kaiser who were honoured with the 2012 Medal of Bravery.
The idea for the Highway of Heroes came from the Canadian Army Veterans' Motorcycle Unit.
"The Canadian Army Veterans' Motorcycle Unit has embarked on a project to have a section of highway in every province in Canada named the Highway of Heroes to honour those who gave all and those who give every day to protect and serve us," said Roger Mailman, Battle of Atlantic Sergeant-At-Arms.
"The Atlantic unit of Halifax was asked to take on this task for Nova Scotia. We are very appreciative of the government support on this project honouring our fellow Nova Scotians. Mission accomplished."