Highway of Heroes

I’m up to my eyeballs in “real-world” stuff today, and getting ready for another women’s shooting clinic this weekend, so I thought I’d share a wonderful YouTube video with my readers.

The video, by Canadian band The Trews, speaks of the “Highway of Heroes” – the stretch of Ontario Highway 401 between CFB Trenton and the coroner’s office in my birthplace of Toronto. When the bodies of fallen Canadian soldiers are returned home, the funeral processions make their way along this hundred-mile stretch of road. Since 2002, crowds of Canadian citizens have lined the overpasses along the route and emergency services workers have taken up station along the side of the road to pay their respects to the fallen soldiers.

“Highway of Heroes” was inspired by the death of Captain Nichola Goddard, MSM, the first female Canadian soldier ever killed in combat. Capt. Goddard died in May of 2006 in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, when the armored vehicle in which she was riding was struck by two rocket-propelled grenades.

If this video touches something inside of you as it did for me, please do something today to thank a military veteran for their service. Male or female, American or Canadian or otherwise, all those who fought around the globe for the cause of liberty and justice deserve our thanks for their sacrifices.

Photo credit: Christina Matheson / via Wikimedia Commons

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