Corporal Steve Martin returned to Canadian soil yesterday, (Dec. 22,) after being delayed 24 hours due to weather conditions. The procession for Cpl. Martin began at CFB Trenton at approximately 2:00 pm. making the two and a half hour trip down the Highway of Heroes that ended in Toronto.
Martin was greeted as a true hero by more than a hundred Canadians who stood side by side in respectful silence as he was brought down Grenville St. in Toronto. An honor guard contingent of the same size mirrored the opposite side of the street.
Habibullah Qaderi, the consul-general of Afghanistan, and Defence Minister Peter MacKay were also in attendance to greet Martin’s family and to pay their respects in person. David Johnston, Governor-General of Canada, attended his first repatriation ceremony since he officially started his duties in October.
Cpl. Martin was killed on Dec.18 by an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) while on duty. His death represents the 154th member of Canada’s Armed Forces to loose their life in the Afghan campaign.
Corporal Steve Martin’s sacrifice will not be forgotten.
For a full gallery of images from the repatriation click the link below.