During a special Veterans’ Week ceremony today, Mayor Jim Watson was joined by River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington to rename the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge the Juno Beach Memorial Bridge.
Ottawa has an active service population of 23,000 members, and more than 53,000 veterans and their families live in our city. We recognize the importance of the Department of National Defence’s presence in Ottawa, and we value the bravery and perseverance of the women and men in uniform who serve and have served our country.
As an enduring symbol of our gratitude and in deep appreciation of all veterans, the bridge renaming serves to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Officially opened on November 29, 2014, the Airport Parkway pedestrian bridge has become a visual icon and a gateway to Ottawa for those arriving from the Ottawa International Airport. The bridge connects South Keys to the residential Hunt Club neighbourhood off Plante Drive.
“I am very proud to have this prominent gateway to the city of Ottawa named in honour of our veterans. Bearing the name of this crucial point in time in Canadian military history is a fitting way to commemorate the service of those who fought so bravely to defend our values and our freedom. Through this, we continue to solidify our important relationship with the veteran and military community in Ottawa.”
Mayor Jim Watson
“As a city and as a country, we owe the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces a tremendous debt of gratitude. It is humbling to see this iconic entry point to the city of Ottawa renamed to pay homage to the sacrifice of veterans.”
River Ward Councillor Riley Brockington