LEST WE FORGET
Today, Remembrance Day, at 11 a.m., the TTC will pause service for two minutes of silence across the entire network in memory of those who served. CEO Andy Byford, TTC Honour Guard John Pochwalowski and Phil Horgan, ATU Local 113 Executive Board Member for Maintenance-Garages (who served as a reservist in Afghanistan) will be in attendance to lay a wreath on behalf of all TTC employees and pensioners.
The TTC has a long and rich history of military service. During the Second World War, more than 600 Commission employees enlisted for service. Those names are remembered on the TTC’s Honour Rolls, including the dozen who were killed in action. Over the TTC’s 90-year history, more than 100 of our families have been the recipients of the Memorial (Silver) Cross presented for sons, daughters and family members lost at war.
On Remembrance Day, the TTC salutes all its veterans of war and peacekeeping missions. One such hero is pensioner and WWII vet Howard Holloway. Late last year, Holloway was awarded the Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour.
This prestigious medal was bestowed by the French Government in recognition of his professional involvement in the liberation of France. “Through you, France remembers the sacrifice of all of your compatriots who came to liberate French soil, often losing their lives in the process.”
Holloway served in the First Canadian Parachute Battalion during the Second World War. He joined the TTC in 1947 and served for close to 40 years as an Operator.