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Highway of Heroes





I made my post earlier for Remembrance Day. My own thoughts are that to-day is a day to remember all who have died in service, regardless of the country or the war.


Highway 401 is in Ontario. There are 50 bridges on the stretch of highway from CFB Trenton to downtown Toronto, it has been re-named “The Highway of Heroes” Marking this final journey started spontaneously with a few people, it quickly grew to what you will see in the videos.


As of to-day 152 Canadian lives have been ended by the war in Afghanistan.










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spike7451
Nov. 12th, 2010 02:17 pm (UTC)
Both vids were so evocative and touching, and what a wonderful tribute to those brave troops who made the ultimate sacrifice.

We have lost 21 Australian lives to the Afghanistan war, 21 too many. We are only a country of 22 million people so possibly percentage wise our losses are as great as the larger nations.
twicet
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:26 pm (UTC)
I do think it is a great tribute to mark that final journey home.

We are only 33 million, but I think one lost life is too many. It would be great if people never needed to line that highway again.
albertesmor
Nov. 12th, 2010 03:28 pm (UTC)
A great way to honor the fallen.
Here you don't even make the big headlines, like we're used to it. Think it's 38 Danish soldiers by now.

~hugs~
twicet
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:28 pm (UTC)
It is a great way to honour them

Everyone still makes the headlines here, and the new total is told.

*hugs*
albertesmor
Nov. 12th, 2010 05:52 pm (UTC)
They do make the news, but not top billing.
Last time one did, was because it was the first woman.
And there is a lot of talk about the total, because I think along with you we make the top of deaths.
It's just so stupid.
twicet
Nov. 12th, 2010 08:51 pm (UTC)
Our gov. made the promise that our troops would be out of Afghanistan by 2011. It looks as if they will be, as far as combat is concerned. The troops will remain to teach and give instruction to the Afghan police.

yinkawills
Nov. 13th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC)
Similar scenes in the UK
In a small town in England called Wootten Bassett, the majority of the townspeople turn out to pay their respects to the fallen in a similar way, every time a cortege of cars carrying bodies of the fallen goes down the main high street on being transported from the airfield...

They turn out in their thousands, and it receives national coverage in the newspapers.
twicet
Nov. 13th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Re: Similar scenes in the UK
A friend linked me to that a while back. I am originally from Scotland, so keep up on what is happening in the U.K.

I am glad that people turn out; that that these scenes do not go unnoticed. Such lose of life is a tragedy.
marysue007
Nov. 14th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Beautiful videos.
I was at work on the 11th and I couldn't believe how many people I saw who weren't wearing poppies, so I course I had to say a few words to them, hopefully that will make them think.
twicet
Nov. 14th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
It is a holiday here in B.C. When we fist came to live here all the shops were closed on the 11th. not now.

I guess the wearing of a poppy is a personal decision. I know there are a number of different thoughts on it.

Sorry it had to be one of your working days.

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