International Community Rededicates Boulevard

June 29, 2008
The Pittsburgh Channel

PITTSBURGH — Flags bearing the colors of the allied nations rose above the Boulevard of the Allies in Pittsburgh on Sunday in a rededication ceremony honoring the sacrifices made by service members.

Eleven of the 30 allied nations sent representatives to the ceremony that recognized the nations.

The Boulevard of the Allies was so named to serve as a reminder to all who travel it of the sacrifice soldiers made in the pursuit of freedom around the world.

“Ninety years ago, World War I ended. Three years later, the Boulevard of the Allies was dedicated to the millions of people who worked to combat international aggression as members of the allied powers,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Doyle, D-District 14.

During the rededication, flags designed by students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh were unveiled and now line the boulevard.

“We certainly owe them our gratitude for all that they have sacrificed in helping our great country and great city become what it is today,” Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said.

Howitzers parked along the Boulevard of the Allies Bridge, honoring the allied nations with a 21-gun salute, and a C-130 from the 911th Airlift Wing flew overhead.

Organizers said the allies owe each other a debt they can never repay but they are hopeful that events like this will honor those who sacrificed. Nearly 2 million Americans have died fighting for the United States.

“I would ask everyone here to remember those heroes every time you pass down this boulevard,” Doyle said.

When the Boulevard of the Allies was built, it was then considered the most expensive road in the world to build at a cost per mile of $1.6 million.