We left home for our vacation on Sunday, July 19th . Once we were on the road and listening to the news, we realized that we would be driving the Highway of Heroes at the same time as Soldat Sebastien Couracy would be escorted from Trenton to Toronto.
We pulled off the highway (we were on the opposite side of the road) and after a 15 minute wait, we were able to share our respect and pay tribute with other Canadians for Canada's latest fallen soldier.
It was a real honour to be able to do this.
For those who are outside Canada, when a Canadian Soldier is killed in action, he is flown back to Canada, arriving in Trenton, Ontario. After a repatriation ceremony, he is then escorted along Highway 401 from Trenton to Toronto to the coroner's office - a trip that is about 160 km (100 miles) long. Along the route Emergency personel along with civilians line bridges and the highway, to show their respect, and to pay tribute. To see the NBC coverage of this go here: