Saturday, 4 April 2009

A Road named for our Honoured Dead...

This was sent to me by a mate earlier this evening...


A country road upon which the bodies of repatriated soldiers begin their final journey could be renamed Highway of Heroes if a petition succeeds.

Hundreds of people regularly line the streets of Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire, to honour the soldiers brought to the town along the A3102 from RAF Lyneham.

The petition on the 10 Downing Street website, set up by ex-Para George Ryan who wants to re-christen the route, has more than 750 names.

The soldiers who fell in Iraq and Afghanistan are taken along the three-mile road into the town where residents, shopkeepers and members of the British Legion pay their respects.

The petition proposes to "rename the stretch of road (A3102) between RAF Lyneham and Wootton Bassett Highway of Heroes to honour all those of our military who have given their lives in the service of their country".

The idea originates from Canada, after a road between an Ontario air base and Toronto received the same title last year...

I agree that this is a fine petition to support, and wholeheartedly support it. You can find the online petition at the No 10 website.

1 comment:

Larry said...

It is a good idea. We have a "Highway Of Heroes " in Canada from Trenton Airbase to Toronto. All fallen Heroes of Canadian Armed Forces are brought down this highway. People line the overpasses & wave flags & cheer for each of the 116 soldiers who have lost their lives in the war in Afganistan.