Saint John street honours soldiers killed in Afghanistan
Bravo Landing named for 6 members of Bravo 22 Company
The City of Saint John has named a street Bravo Landing to commemorate a local young man and five fellow soldiers who were killed in Afghanistan in 2007.
The previously-unnamed street in the city’s north end is a short stretch that leads to the Millidgeville Ferry and the David Greenslade Peace Park.
Pte. David Robert Greenslade, 20, of Saint John, a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, was on a mission west of Kandahar City with nine other men when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb.
"22-Bravo, that was the unit my son was in and out of the 10, six died that Easter Sunday so it's in memory of all of them," said Greenslade’s mother, Laurie.
Six maple trees have also been planted along the street to honour each of the soldiers – Greenslade, Cpl. Aaron E. Williams, 23, of Perth-Andover, Sgt. Donald Lucas, 31, Master Cpl. Christopher Paul Stannix, 24, and Pte. Kevin Kennedy, 20, and Cpl Brent Poland, 37.
"It means so much and my husband and I are just so grateful for everyone that has helped this come about," said Greenslade’s mother.
Saint John High School students are also raising money for a new gate at the David Greenslade Peace Park, with a grand opening slated for June.
"Every veteran deserves to be remembered and Saint John has done a good job of that throughout its entire history," said local historian Harold Wright.
The city has many tributes to its military past and sacrifices, he said.
"Waterloo Street is named after that famous battle, further down you have Alma Street, named after a famous battle from the Crimean War."
Other reminders include the cenotaph at Kings Square and Fort Howe, where men stood guard over a critically important harbour and waterway.