11.11.11

I Will Remember ~Highway of Heroes

On this Remembrance Day, as we remember the young lives cut short in their brightest of days by war,
WE WILL REMEMBER.



Here in Ontario, one of our major highways is the 401, also called the Macdonald-Cartier Freeway. A few years ago a stretch of Highway 401 was also named Highway of Heroes, in honour of Canada's fallen servicemen and servicewomen. This length of highway 401 is often travelled by a convoy of vehicles carrying a fallen soldier's body, with his or her family, from Canadian Forces Base Trenton to the coroner's office at the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto. Since 2002, when the first of Canada's fallen soldiers were returned from Afghanistan, crowds have lined the overpasses to pay their respects as convoys pass. Highway of Heroes was co-written and co-produced by The Trews and Gordie Johnson. It was inspired by the 2006 death of Captain Nichola Goddard from The Trews' hometown of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. We thank and honour those who have sacrificed all in service of country.

The Highway of Heroes by The Trews


The day I shipped out,
They numbered a dozen.
Upon my return,
Were a hundred or so.
From the coast and from the prairies,
I bet they keep coming.
add one more name from Ontario.

Chorus:
Carry me home down The Highway of Heroes.
People above with their flags flying low.
Carry me softly, down The Highway of Heroes.
True Patriot Love,
There was never more.

I served with distinction,
No visions of glory.
I served without question,
Or personal gain.
Seek no justification,
Its not part of my story.
and it offers
No comfort to the ones who remain.

Chorus:
Carry me home down The Highway of Heroes.
People above with their flags flying low.
Carry me softly, down The Highway of Heroes.
True Patriot Love,
There was never more.

I took up my vocation,
I was called by my nation.
Without hesitation,
My answer I gave.
Now I am not wondering,
the things that I might have been.
I'm no consolation,
To the forgotten brave.

Chorus:
So Carry me home down The Highway of Heroes.
People above with their flags flying low.
Carry me softly, down The Highway of Heroes.
True Patriot Love,
There was never more.

Chorus:
Carry me home down The Highway of Heroes.
People I love with their heads held low.
Carry me softly, down The Highway of Heroes.
True Patriot Love,
There was never more
There was never more
There was never more
There was never more
There was never more
There was never more


9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful tribute!

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. What a great song. Our office forgot to do anything at 11:00 and I didn't remember until the afternoon.

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  3. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the words of this song.

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  4. What a wonderful tribute. I live outside of a very small town and all the streets were lined with the American flag (for our Veteran's Day)... it is important that we all never forget what people do for us.

    ~Chris

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  5. Lovely post Elizabeth. My son and I were in Ontario last year for a trip and we just happened to see all of this. It was so moving.

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  6. Hi Elizabeth,

    Lovely post!
    Lest we forget...
    All the Best,
    Christine

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  7. I just noticed your list of Canadian blogs, I would love for you to add my blog if you would be so kind, I live in Winnipeg. Thanks!
    We cannot forget what others paid for with their very lives.
    Hugs, Cindy

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  8. I live close to CFB Trenton, and it is always a sad day when there is a repatriation ceremony.

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