Highway of Heroes: Canadians gather to pay last respects

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You can’t keep a good Canadian patriot down.

Even though law enforcement and Ontario Premier Doug Ford warned people not to line the bridges over Highway 401 (a.k.a., the Highway of Heroes) in order to show respect for fallen Canadian soldiers, citing social-distancing rules, hundreds of people turned out nevertheless on Wednesday, to honor Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough originally of Toronto, who perished when the helicopter she was in crashed off the coast of Greece on April 29.

In recent years, it has become a tradition to honour fallen military personnel by lining the bridges spanning Highway 401 and waving Canadian flags.

Canadians pay respect along the Highway of Heroes

I visited the bridge at the Avenue Road on-ramp in Toronto, and certainly, neither the Wuhan virus nor warnings from law enforcement or the premier were going to put an end to this moving tradition.

The event began late afternoon Wednesday when a plane touched down on Canadian Forces Base Trenton with the remains of Sub-Lt. Cowbrough.

Still missing from that still to be explained accident are Capt. Kevin Hagen of Nanaimo, B.C., Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald of New Glasgow, N.S., Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins of Guelph, Ont., Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke of Truro, N.S., and Capt. Maxime Miron-Morin of Trois-Rivieres, Quebec.

They were represented by six hearses in the procession, which created a somber and stirring sight for those who were occupying the bridges to pay their respects. (Thankfully, no $880 fines were issued by the Pandemic Police.)

Trudeau attends ceremony at CFB Trenton

It should be noted that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also paid his respects to the fallen at CFB Trenton.

That was the right thing to do, of course, but was Justin’s heart truly in this?

He is, after all, the Prime Minister who told a Canadian veteran a few years back that veterans are asking for too much when it comes to their benefits (while at the same the Trudeau Liberals were cutting eight-figure cheques for Islamist terrorist who hates Canada and everything it stands for.)

Too bad that the Prime Minister couldn’t be bothered to come to one of the bridges over the Highway of Heroes to witness what true patriotism looks like.

For if he had, he would have discovered that Canadian patriotism is far stronger and far longer lasting than virus originating from that country he especially “admires.”

And he would also discover that everyday Canadians do NOT think that our armed forces personnel are asking for “too much” — especially when they make the ultimate sacrifice.

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  • By Ezra Levant

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