4 Oshawa streets are mentioned to be named in honor of WWII veterans

Oshawa Coun. Rosemary McConkey, Earl. Jane Hurst, Mayor Dan Carter, Gov. Graf. Bob Chapman, Gov. Graf. Tito-Dante Marimpietri and Coun. Bradley Marks with the street signs for George Kingsland and Valentine in front of Oshawa’s Cenotaph.

Four streets are named to honor five war dead who were Oshawa’s heroes during World War II.

The city of Oshawa pays tribute to George Kingsland, Ted Marks, Marshall McConkey, and Frank “Hank” Valentine and Jack Valentine with streets named after them.

The streets are named in future districts to be identified and the poppy motif is placed on each sign. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the poppy campaign in Canada.

The city passed street naming policy in 2003 to honor the memory of Oshawa people who served in the war or peacekeeping by naming new streets. At this point, 88 street names were approved to honor military heroes.

“These new street names in tribute to the Oshawa war dead are helping keep the memory of their sacrifice preserved for our freedom,” said Coun. Rosemary McConkey, Development Services Committee Vice-Chair. “You served in World War II: Marshall McConkey died in a battle in France in 1944; Ted Marks, a pilot, has been reported missing since 1943; Frank and Jack Valentine and George Kingsland returned to Oshawa and died in 1991, 2009 and 2016, respectively. Their service and duty of duty must not be forgotten. ”

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