Highway of heroes

Whenever a fallen Canadian soldier is returned to the Canadian Forces Base in Trenton, Ontario, the convoy travels along the 172-kilometer stretch of Highway 401 between Trenton and Toronto. Today officially known as the Highway of Heroes, this passageway marks the solemn journey of fallen soldiers and their families to the Centre for Forensic Sciences in Toronto, and preparation for their final resting place.

The official designation for this stretch of highway was borne of a spontaneous and unprecedented grassroots movement inspired by the thousands of Canadians who, since 2002, have gathered of their own volition along the roadways and overpasses of this route to pay tribute to those who have given their lives for our nation.

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The Royal Canadian Mint's Highway of Heroes commemorative coin is produced with 99.99% pure silver. It features an overpass along the Highway of Heroes as viewed from the perspective of the mourning family as they accompany their lost loved one along the route.

The Memorial Cross, designed by the Mint following the First World War under order of King George V—and which is presented to the loved ones of fallen soldiers—is carried by saluting soldiers, a symbol of the sacrifice of their fallen comrades-in-arms. The obverse features the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by Susanna Blunt.

For every Highway of Heroes commemorative coin sold, $20 will be donated and shared between the Afghanistan Repatriation Memorial and the Military Families Fund.