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Canadian Veterans Highway Dedication, October 2002
Updated 06-May-2014

This article deals with the involvement of the late Hood veteran George Donnelly in the dedication of the Veterans Highway in Ontario, Canada in October 2002.

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Ribbon commemorating the highway dedication
Above: A commemorative ribbon

Veteran Hood sailor and Hood Association member George "Spike" Donnelly was onhand for the dedication of the road on 20 October 2002. It starts in a village called Trafalgar and runs about 25 miles to a town called Acton. George tells us that this area was settled by many former British sailors. Many of these sailors had fought under Nelson at Trafalgar (hence the names, Trafalgar, Bronte, etc.).

The dedication date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the eve of the battle of Trafalgar (which occurred on 21 October 1805).

Dedication of the Veterans Highway
Above: George Donnelly onhand representing the H.M.S. Hood Association