Veteran’s Way dedication in Espanola – honouring those who serve – past, present and future 

A large contingent of Legion members, essential services, students, and members of the public came out for a special dedication yesterday morning (September 18th, 2023) in Espanola.
The dedication was held at the municipal office at the intersection of Highway Six/Centre Street and Tudhope Street.
Town Clerk Joseph Burke, Espanola Legion Branch #39 President Gary MacPherson, and William Morin, a retired Indigenous veteran, and Councillor Ken Duplessis addressed the 100 or so individuals about how important the dedication of Highway Six/Centre Street is in honouring veteran’s past, present, and future.
Poignantly, yesterday was also the day to remember two soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan on this day. Espanola’s Private David Byers, Corporal Shane Keating, Corporal Keith Morley CD, and McKerrow’s Corporal Glen Arnold CD, were killed 17 years ago today, (September 18th) while serving our country in Afghanistan.
MacPherson had approached the town over a year ago asking for consideration that the signage be installed.
Council unanimously endorsed the acknowledgement pointing out it is an honour to be able to acknowledge those who served and who are now serving in the Canadian Forces.
MacPherson thanked the town for their support of the project.
Burke adds the signage has been installed at all four main intersections in Espanola in all three languages: English, French, and Anishinaabe.
Duplessis spoke of the importance of remembering those who served, but also continue to volunteer and fill important roles in Espanola.
A 21-Gun Salute was also held to mark the occasion, led by Wayne Golden, U.S. Army veteran, it included veterans from across the Forces including Morin, representing the Canadian Medical Corp, Paul Abbot of the Royal Canadian Dragoons, Don Patrie, of the Air Cadets, Debra Mastine of the Lorne Scots, Gary Trimmer of R. CN., and David and Francie Grasley, who both represented the Canadian Air Force.
A piper and bugler were also part of the ceremony playing Amazing Grace followed by The Last Post.
The signage was formally unveiled by veterans Jack Fraser and Ray Constantineau.
Senior students from Sacred Heart School were also on hand for the dedication. The Manitoulin-Sudbury DSAB, Espanola Volunteer Firefighters, police, even construction workers, and Domtar employees, also took part.
The dedication of the signage does not change the legal designation of Highway Six-Centre Street since all addresses will remain the same.
The dedication is part of the celebration of Legion Week across Canada.
Following the formalities, guests met at the Legion for a luncheon to mark the day.

Photo: The formal unveiling of Veteran’s Way Signage took a bit of a tug and pull with Legion veterans Jack Fraser, Ray Constantineau, Gary MacPherson and Colin Pick formally exposing the sign to the public for the first time. The signage, in English, French and Anishinaabe, has been erected at all four major intersections in Espanola. Photos by Rosalind Russell 

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