Highway of Heroes

This video originally surfaced in 2007, in French, without music, presumably out of Quebec. Since then it has been adopted by many in tribute, including this version accompanied by a choir of the Ontario Provincial Police. It beautifully illustrates the nature of the Highway of Heroes – the final ride from Trenton AFB to the Coroner’s office in Toronto all of Canada’s soldiers lost in Afghanistan take before rejoining their families. Canadians line Hwy 401 for each of the fallen soldiers who come home and make this final ride.

Also: cnheroes.blogspot.com and Canadian Forces

“The Price of Peace”

This video hasn’t had as much Youtube coverage as it should. Written by 12 year old Alyssa Gaddis, with Hart Steen, as a tribute to US National Guard soldiers deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan, they wrote it from first hand experience, as Alyssa’s dad is a senior oficer in the Illinois Army National Guard. Alyssa and her 16 year old sister Cassy are the singers in the video. Created by the National Guard’s Strength Maintenance Support Center near Nashville, Tennessee, the music video was shot in October, 2008. Several versions, including a shorter tight theatrical version, were made.

Deployment ceremonies are never easy. Emotions can be overwhelming as families and friends gather together for their good-byes. Twelve-year-old Alyssa Gaddis and her 16-year-old sister Cassy Gaddis, of Springfield, IL, know this firsthand. Theyve been to many such events because their father, CW5 Jim Gaddis, is the command chief warrant officer of the Illinois Army National Guard. These experiences inspired Alyssa to write a song — a song to lift the spirits of those enduring deployment, a song to inspire courage and hope. Alyssa titled her song, “The Price of Peace.”

The US National Guard has been hit hard by the Middle Eastern conflicts, as Guardsmen and women are “part-time” soldiers – reservists intended to be called up for protection of home soil, not to be deployed to distant conflicts. They are, these citizen-soldiers, in their regular lives, workers, doctors, teachers, policemen, businessmen, neighbours and friends down the street.

…Col.John McCrae


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