A Tribute to our Fallen Soldiers.


I was driving back home to Ottawa from the Toronto area this evening and noticed something odd. On two consecutive overpasses on the 401 there were ambulances with their lights flashing, but stationary.

As I passed more overpasses lined with fire and ambulance vehicles it became obvious that this was something organized, some kind of strike action maybe? Every overpass had emergency crews, and lots of other people waving the Canadian flag. In every case they were facing the west bound lanes as if to greet someone with flags waving.

I then turned to one of the local news stations to find out that Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier and Master Corporal Christian Duchesne, both members of the Task Force Afghanistan, and both killed this past week by a roadside bomb, were to travel from CFB Trenton to Toronto via the 401 this evening.

So these 1000’s of people were lining the side and overpasses on the 401 to pay their respects to these two brave soldiers. It was a very uplifting sight for a very sombre occasion.

I was in the East bound lanes as ~6-8 hearses and black limousines passed by with a very large police escort. I suspect they must have traveled under at least 8 overpasses completely lined with people and waving Canadian flags. I hope the Mercier and Duchesne families had the opportunity to see the appreciation of all of those people, and it helped ease their pain even a little bit.

I, for one, are very proud of what they have helped to accomplish.

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One Response

  1. I got word from a few people today that this had been on the news already (so much for my scoop!): http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070824/online_petition_070824?s_name=&no_ads=

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