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Veterans honoured in Ottawa with commemorative street naming

Ottawa honours veterans with commemorative street naming

OTTAWA, ON, November 9, 2021 – In honour of Veterans’ Week (November 5 to 11), Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson hosted a commemorative street naming ceremony at City Hall this morning.

During the ceremony, Mayor Watson announced that Lieutenant-Colonel David Wiens and Squadron Leader Dr. Jean Davey are the veterans honoured through the City’s Veterans’ Commemorative Street Naming Program for 2020 and 2021.

“Today was an important opportunity to reflect upon and honour the individuals who fought to protect our country and city. Lieutenant-Colonel David Wiens and Squadron Leader Dr. Jean Davey both bravely served in World War II and their memory will live on in our community for generations.”

Mayor Jim Watson

David Wiens served in the Canadian Intelligence Corps from 1942 to 1946 in Northwest Europe and the United Kingdom, and in 1951 rejoined the Canadian military serving in various intelligence appointments. He received many decorations, including the Thunderbird Badge for his contributions to military intelligence, and the Canadian Decoration and 1st Bar for his long service. He was discharged as a Lieutenant-Colonel. Mr. Wiens passed away on November 16, 2017.

Dr. Jean Davey was one of the first two Canadian women to enter the Armed Forces, serving as the Forces’ first Canadian female doctor from 1941 to 1945. She was the first woman to be granted the commission of Squadron Leader and was awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1943 in recognition of her service. Ms. Davey passed away on March 31, 1980.

Local developers can participate in the Veterans’ Commemorative Street Naming Program by naming streets within new housing developments. CRT Developments is naming a street in their Westwood subdivision in Stittsville after David Wiens. CAIVAN is naming a street in The Ridge subdivision in Barrhaven after Dr. Jean Davey. The veterans will be commemorated with a street sign that bears their name as well as the poppy – the universal sign of remembrance.

A recording of the ceremony can be found on Mayor Watson’s Facebook page (link is external).

SOURCE City of Ottawa

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