2002 four Canadian soldiers lost their lives in a friendly fire
incident. Upon their patriation to Canadian Forces Base Trenton
in Ontario, the fallen soldiers were reunited with their families. From
there they were to drive 100 miles down Highway 401 to the
Coroner's office in Toronto. A number of Canadians went to
bridges and overpasses, many with Canadian flags as a show of respect
for the families as they passed.
Over the years as the casualty
list lengthened, more and more Canadians flocked to the overpasses in a
show of respect for our fallen soldiers. And so was born the Highway of Heroes. In
2007 after the efforts of many people but Pete Fisher and Joe
Warmington in particular, the stretch of highway between Toronto
and Trenton was officially named the Highway of Heroes.