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Highway to Heaven comes together for Canada Day

Editor:

For the first time in Richmond and possibly in B.C.’s history, more than twenty places of worship, representing world’s major religions, along Richmond’s No. 5 Road, popularly known as the Highway to Heaven, came together to participate in Canada Day celebrations.

A 45-foot long trailer/float decorated with the banners of all of the participating places of worship took part in the Steveston Salmon Festival Parade.

About two years ago, representatives from various places of worship along a few kilometers stretch of No. 5 Road, came together under the leadership of India Cultural Centre of Canada’s Gurdwara (Sikh Temple) Nanak Niwas and formed the Highway to Heaven Association. Since then, they have met a few times to discuss matters of common interest. After some discussions, it was decided to participate, as group, in the Salmon Fest parade. The group never looked back.

A number of tireless volunteers have worked very hard to make it happen. Decorating the float has been a truly community effort. It is a unique way to reflect harmony in religious diversity.

The Highway to Heaven Association Float is an impressive display of mutual goodwill and peace. It goes to show that regardless of our religious and cultural beliefs and values we can live together in peace and harmony.

Such an initiative sends a strong message to the people around the globe that rather than creating divisions and conflicts, religious tolerance goes a long way in creating peace and harmony.

Our Highway to Heaven is a great model of mutual co-operation, universal love and peace.

Balwant Sanghera

Co-Ordinator

Highway to Heaven Association

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