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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit CFB Borden on Thursday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian Forces Base Borden on Thursday morning, to participate in the unveiling of the Borden Legacy Monument. Thousands are expected to attend a special ceremony which begins at 11 a.m.
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An urn containing sacred soil from a World War 1 battlefield will arrive at Canadian Forces Base Borden by horse and carriage on Thursday morning. Robin MacLennan

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit Canadian Forces Base Borden on Thursday morning, to participate in the unveiling of the Borden Legacy Monument.

The public is invited and thousands are expected to attend a special ceremony at the base, which begins at 10 a.m.

"The Monument is a gift from the local communities of Simcoe County to honour and pay tribute to the two million sons and daughters of Canada who have trained at Canadian Forces Base Borden over the last 100 years and will stand in perpetuity to represent the over 20,000 Sailors,

Soldiers and Aviators per year who train at the Base to serve our great country in preserving the values that we enjoy today: freedom, democracy and justice," said Capt. Rob Bungay, in a media release.

The monument, to be located at the north entrance, was designed by local sculptor Marlene Hilton-Moore. It will be the final resting spot for a brass urn containing soil that was collected from the battlefields at Vimy Ridge in France.

Nottawasaga OPP say traffic delays are expected in the Angus area from about 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Mill Street will be closed to through traffic as a parade honouring past and current military members travels from Peacekeepers’ Park along Mill Street to the north entrance of the base and the soil from Vimy is carried by carriage to the unveiling ceremony.

During the parade, detours will be in place:

• Northbound County Road 10 from Baxter, east along Willoughby Road to 5th Line then north on 5th Line

• Southbound County Road 10/90 from Barrie, west along Brentwood Road to Sunnidale-Tosorontio Town Line, to County Road 5.

 



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