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"Highway Of Heroes" is available for purchase exclusively on iTunes with net proceeds from the sales of the song going to the Canadian Hero Fund, a charity that assists the families of Canadian military personnel through academic scholarships.
The song was inspired by the 2006 death of Capt. Nichola Goddard, the first Canadian female soldier killed in Afghanistan and a schoolmate of members of The Trews. Canada's Highway of Heroes, is the section of the MacDonald-Cartier freeway named to honour those who have sacrificed their lives in service of country. It refers to the stretch of Highway 401 in Ontario, between CFB Trenton and downtown Toronto, where hundreds gather on bridges and overpasses to mourn the soldiers as their bodies are transported in a 170 km funeral convoy from CFB Trenton to the coroner's office in downtown Toronto. The highway corridor is reforested with a tree (more than 2,000,000) for every hero lost at war while volunteering for military service and for all those that have served in the Armed Forces since Confederation since 1867.
Highway of Heroes earned its name after transporting fallen soldiers on a 170-km funeral convoy from CFB Trenton to the coroner's office inToronto.
The milestone comes just over a week before Remembrance Day, when the country reflects on the sacrifices of Canada’s veterans.
The Trews are a Canadian rock band originating in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, in 1997 and still going strong. Currently the band members are vocalist Colin MacDonald, guitarist John-Angus MacDonald, bassist Jack Syperek, and drummer Chris Gormley. They have been nominated for six Juno awards, have been nominated and won numerous East Coast Music Awards (ECMA), and won several Independent Music Awards in the United States.