Canada's Highway of Heroes

Reblogger Jim Hale
Real Estate Agent with ACTIONAGENTS.NET

Recently, a client's daughter was killed in Iraq.  As I posted then, there was a credible turnout to witness/respect the vehicle carrying her to her funeral here in Eugene.

For those Americans who think we are alway alone in our sacrifice, here is a reminder....from Canada....which in the words of their national anthem ...is

the True North, strong and free.

That anthem ends:    "...Oh, Canada, we stand on guard for thee."

 

Canada frequently stands on guard around the world...right beside "the States".

 

(Be sure to watch the video...and hear Lee Greenwood's Canadian version ...of one of the America's Almost Anthems.)

 

 

 

Original content by Malcolm Johnston

As most of you who have read my blog are aware, I live in Trenton, Ontario. Trenton is home to C.F.B. (Canadian Forces Base) Trenton. C.F.B. Trenton is Canada's largest airforce base, and as such is the home to 8 Wing squadron, the unit responsible for the Herculese and other transport aircraft.

One of the unenviable tasks of C.F.B. Trenton is to be the site for the repatriation ceremonies for our fallen soldiers. Today we had another repatriation. I try to go whenever possible. Civilians are allowed to stand outside the fence to pay our respects, and whether it's in the middle of winter or the middle of summer, hundreds of civilians show up. Today we had to pay our respects to Sgt. Martin Goudreault who was killed by a landmine in Afghanistan.

The stretch of highway between Trenton and Toronto (about 160 kms) is called "The Highway of Heroes", because this is the route that the vehicle transporting the fallen soldier will take when taking the body to the Chief Coroner of Ontario in Toronto. Trenton is not the only town that comes out to show their respect. Every overpass along the highway is filled with people from nearby towns, and every police force and fire department is represented. In downtown Toronto, the streets are lined with people too. It seems to be the very least we can do to honour these brave men and women.

Sgt. Martin Goudreault is Canada's 147th casualty in Afghanistan. I hope this is the last time I will have to go and stand by that fence.

Here is a video that someone put together last year about Canada's "Highway of Heroes".

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John Howard
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Bravo!  Nice to see the fervor for the troops.

Jun 10, 2010 09:28 AM #1
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Thank you for your comments, let's hope all the troops can come home safely soon!

Jun 10, 2010 09:33 AM #2
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Mike Warfel
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We all owe so much to our fighting Men and Women it seems the least we can do, honoring their coffins. When the military lets the enlisted back into society may we also honor them by offering a helping hand.

As a real estate agent I feel honor bound to do everything within my power when I have the opportunity to help a veteran find a home. Here in Port Huron Michigan a large percentage of the border patrol are ex-military my wife and I have been privileged to assist them several times.

Thank you "Canada" for your willingness to fight with the "USA" against thoes that have vowed to do us harm. I pray the body count will be low.

Jun 10, 2010 09:54 AM #3
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Malcolm Johnston
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Thank you for re-blogging this Jim. I feel it's important that both Americans and Canadians honour and respect the sacrifices that our men and women in the military are making for us. All politics aside, it's their sacrifices that keep us free.

Jun 10, 2010 10:30 AM #4
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Sheldon Neal
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Important Reblog Jim - its easy on our daily journey to forget those that are fighting and have fought to allow us these daily freedoms, and Canada's troops dont get enough credit for their steadfastness to ally with the US and many others.

Much appreciation to these brave men and women.

Jun 10, 2010 11:40 AM #5
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Sheldon-

I absolutely agree:  Canada deserves a lot more credit.

Americans should know a lot more - generally - about both our nearest neighbors than we do.

Jun 10, 2010 01:56 PM #6
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Malcolm -

We need to honor the warrior whether we like the war or not.

Jun 10, 2010 01:58 PM #7
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Mike -

Border patrol as a nice market?  Who knew?

Jun 10, 2010 01:59 PM #8
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John -

Bringing the troops home safely would be ideal.

Jun 10, 2010 02:00 PM #9
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John -

Sometimes it helps to see the patriotism of your allies....and to always remember that patriotism sometimes motivates your enemies, too.

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