I don’t know who to credit for this powerful and incredibly moving presentation of images taken as a funeral procession for Canadian soldiers moved from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to Toronto, but I do thank both Dave Hartless and Jim Anderson for sending it to me.
As a former soldier and UN peacekeeper myself, I was overwhelmed by both the sadness and the hope conveyed by this presentation. I think you will be, too:
Highway of Heroes schedule
Notices of the schedule for arrival of fallen soldiers in Trenton can be found on one or both of these two pages:
National Defence & Canadian Forces: Media Advisories
National Defence & Canadian Forces: News Releases
List of fallen Canadians
National Defence & Canadian Forces: Fallen Canadians
From ‘Sunray’: This has been a silent effort that ordinary people supported before the government got involved, rightfully so, in an effort to pay homage to those who serve this great country and make the ultimate sacrifice.
Here is the link to the Provincial site regarding the “Highway of Heroes”.
My hope is that such a highway will not only be noticed for the men and women who have fallen, but for those who are still alive and have served, and those who travel that stretch of their own free will any time that they so desire.
I sent this to my friend, Merlyn Kinrade, who is an ex-Navy man and a former peacekeeper himself. His wife, who couldn’t see what he was watching, asked him why he was crying. Thanks for reminding us that the people lead the politicians, not the other way around.
- VoiceofCanada, June 28/10: Paying respects to Sgt. James MacNeil on Highway of Heroes
- VoiceofCanada, April 29/10: Video: Christie Blatchford on Afghanistan experienceNational Defence & Canadian Forces: Fallen Canadians (Afghanistan)