Monday, August 27, 2007

Residents Honour Fallen Soldiers

August 26 2007

Photo Credit:AJ Groen/Metroland
People applaud as the military motorcade bearing the bodies of
Master Corporal Christian Duchesne and Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier passes the Brock Street bridge in Whitby.
About 500 people lined the bridge and the 401 to honor the soldiers who
died in Afghanistan.

Hundreds of residents, many carrying flags, paid their respects Sunday evening to two soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The remains of the two Canadian soldiers, Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier and Master Corporal Christian Duchesne, were transported to Toronto Sunday along Hwy. 401. Bridges across the highway in Northumberland County and Durham were packed with residents paying their respects. The Provincial government has said it will move to have the section of highway from Trenton to Toronto renamed as the Highway of Heroes.

Family members of Master Cpl. Christian Duchesne, 34, stand by his hearse at CFB Trenton, Ont., yesterday. Photo Credit: Canadian Press

Master Warrant Officer Mercier, 43, of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal 22nd Regiment – known as the Van Doos – and Master Corporal Duchesne, 34, of the 5th Field Ambulance died Wednesday when their vehicle was hit by what appeared to have been a roadside bomb.

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