After a flood of requests to rename Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto the Highway of Heroes, the province has unveiled new signs dedicating the route to Canadian soldiers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
Signs along the 401 were uncovered late Thursday.
Two of the signs are at the Highway 35/115 junction with Highway 401.
Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi formally unveiled the signs yesterday at noon at the Cranberry Road/Victoria Street overpass in Port Hope .
People have been lining overpasses at impromptu gatherings along the route with Canadian flags, signs and other symbols of support for processions taking the flag-draped coffins of soldiers killed in Afghanistan from repatriation ceremonies at CFB Trenton to the Centre of Forensic Science in Toronto which receives the bodies.
An online petition for the renaming quickly gathered steam, signed by thousands of people, including some from as far away as England.
James Forbes, 22, of London, Ont., was behind the petition and has said he was surprised it got so much attention.
Forbes said last month he received a lot of feedback from military families who've travelled along Highway 401 following repatriation ceremonies at CFB Trenton.
Rinaldi yesterday credited Pete Fisher, a reporter-photographer with the Cobourg Daily Star and Port Hope Evening Guide, for writing an article that spurred the movement to dedicate the section of the highway.
Since the mission began in 2002, 70 Canadian soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan.