Trenton is a very logical place for this proposed memorial site.
The repatriation of the bodies of the men and women who have sacrificed everything starts here at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. The stretch of highway between Trenton and Toronto is now called "the Highway of Heroes" because this is the route the motorcade takes to transport them to the coroner's office in Toronto. Thousands of people line up along the way every single time to pay their respects. Their final journey starts right here in Trenton, and this is why Trenton is the logical choice for this memorial.
So far we have repatriated 155 soldiers, and I truly hope that there will be no more. However, should there be, I know that the people of Trenton will once again line up along the highway no matter what the weather is like.
The Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial is still in the development stages and it needs a lot of support. So far most of the financial support has been from local people and businesses, but it is starting to get more support from people in other communities as well. About $156,000 of the needed $1.5 million has been raised.
From the website; (bold letters are my idea)
How can Canadians give to help build the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial? Please join all Canadians coast to coast who have already been giving to this Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial Fund. This is not a government initiative, but solely funded by Canadians honoring Canadian soldiers. Individuals, companies and organizations are all welcome to contribute to the fund to complete the $1.5 million dollar project. Donations, no matter how small, will make this a reality.
GIVE TO HONOUR THOSE WHO GAVE