November 11th Remembrance Way Highway Naming Afternoon Ceremony

Type:
Commemorative Ceremony
Date:
November 11, 2019
Time:
14:00 - 16:00
Details:

Please join us for the unveiling of the “Remembrance Way” portion of the Trans-Canada Highway in Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador. This ceremony takes place at the North Atlantic Aviation Museum, Gander.

 The idea to rename this 1 kilometre stretch of highway originated after the 2017 ceremony to remember the Arrow Air flight crew and the United States servicemen who died in the Arrow Air Flight 1285 crash of 1985. The people of Gander, leaders, first responders, and families of the fallen came together to support the project. In addition to remembering the site of the deadliest aviation crash to occur on Canadian soil to date, Remembrance Way also marks the site of a Commonwealth War Graves cemetery on its route.

In 1985, on the last leg of a homebound flight from Cairo, Egypt, via Gander to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Arrow Air Flight 1285 crashed a half mile from the runway. All on board, 8 flight crew and 248 United States servicemen, perished. The majority of the servicemen were from the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) with the remainder from other Forces Command units. A memorial to their sacrifice stands overlooking Gander Lake.

Gander War Cemetery contains 100 Second World War graves maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Gander was the headquarters of an anti-aircraft regiment of the Royal Canadian Army during the Second World War. Many of these war dead were airmen killed in aircraft which had crashed in this area during the war.

Location:
North Atlantic Aviation Museum
Address:
Trans-Canada Highway
City:
Gander, Newfoundland & Labrador

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