The Repatriation of our servicemen and women from the war zone is time filled with sadness and emotion. All along the Highway of Hero’s from the airport runway at Trenton Air Base and the roads leading to Highway 401, dedicated citizens and Military Personnel, line the roads holding their Canadian Flags. Once on the 401, Highway of Hero’s, the convoy is lead by Ontario Provincial Police cars. Other officers strategically placed along the route, block access to the Highway as the hearse, family cars, and Military Guard of the procession moves toward Toronto. Intercoms crackle as word is passed from one overpass to another announcing the motorcades progress by means of Fire Department and Police radio. At every overpass, from Trenton to Toronto, there are caring citizens and civic personnel offering their support and appreciation for our troops. It is a moving scene! Damp eyes and clenched jaws reflect the mood. At Lake Road, a small 401 overpass, the Warkworth Legion Colour Guard assembles on each sad occasion.
These dedicated veterans dressed in Blazers with Berets, Campaign Ribbons prominently displayed they raise and lower their flags on command, as the procession approaches and then as if by Divine Intervention 21 white pigeons are released to pass over the hearse. On top of their fire engines, personnel stand and salute. It is truly a Grass Roots fallen Hero’s return Home. Respectfully, we go to the Lake Road overpass, near Brighton, Ontario, with saddened and heavy hearts but this manifestation of caring Canadians lifts us as we all pray there will be no more fallen Hero’s.