Highway of Heroes True Patriot Love

Highway of Heroes True Patriot Love

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The first four Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan were repatriated at Canada’s largest military base in 2002. The fallen soldiers were driven down the 172-kilometre stretch of highway between Trenton and Toronto, and pedestrians lined the overpasses, hoping to make a connection with the grieving families. The support these people show isn’t political; it’s not a movement for or against Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan. It’s always been a grassroots movement about showing respect for our fallen champions. People young and old, emergency services workers, Canadian Legion members, military personnel, friends of the fallen, and family of fallen soldiers stand atop each bridge along the highway in the blistering heat or bone-chilling cold. After five years of this display of patriotism, the Highway of Heroes was officially named in the summer of 2007 and has been a gleaming example of a nation’s grief — and its pride.

Presenting the book in Ottawa to RCMP Constable Jason Marsden who is a rider with the RCMP Musical Ride

Lest we forget.

Pete Fisher is a photojournalist with over 20 years of experience tracking down news stories. Fisher has won a number of provincial and national awards for his work and was the driving force in getting a stretch of the 401 officially named the “Highway of Heroes.” He lives in Cobourg, Ontario.