Sep 09, 2013
By Jane Brown
A mural created to honour the final stop on the Highway of Heroes in Toronto has been vandalized in what police describe as a “despicable” act. The colourful mural featured a dove and a field of poppies and was painted as a symbol of respect and a call for peace by a community youth group in 2010. At some point over the weekend, it was covered by spray paint images. Chris Ecklund is the CEO and president of Canadian Heroes, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and support for troops and their families. He says “there’s an unwritten rule that you don’t vandalize any piece of artwork, but what this person did, is basically an act of treason.” The mural was painted in an alley near Yonge and College where the colour guard would stand before fallen soldiers were taken into the coroner’s office. Toronto Police Constable Scott Mills was the driving force behind the mural. He’s been in touch with the two main artists and hopes restoration will begin by September 20th.