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Capt Brenden MacDonald, Capt Maxime Miron-Morin, SLt Matthew Pyke, and MCpl Matthew Cousins will arrive home in Halifax and Truro, N.S., on Thursday, June 25.
As previously announced, six Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members died in the CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea on April 29, 2020. The homecoming for SLt Abbigail Cowbrough took place on May 11 and the homecoming for Capt Kevin Hagen will be held in Victoria, B.C., on June 27.
The Pyke family will be joined by military and civilian dignitaries in a police-escorted motorcade from the Halifax International Airport to the Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home in Truro.
The MacDonald, Miron-Morin and Cousins families will be joined by military and civilian dignitaries in a police-escorted motorcade from the Halifax Stanfield International Airport to the Atlantic Funeral Home in Dartmouth, N.S.
The departure time is planned for 5:45 p.m. local time and the detailed route is outlined below. Please note there might be delays or changes to the route due to circumstances beyond the CAF’s control.
CAF appreciate the outstanding support of our communities for the families of our fallen and the CAF itself. For those who wish to recognize MacDonald’s, Miron-Morin’s, Pyke’s, and Cousins’ return home, the CAF asks that you join it in adhering to COVID-19 restrictions and practice physical distancing while paying respects, in addition to observing traffic rules. While the CAF understands and recognizes Canadians’ grief and the need to mourn at this difficult time, it asks it is done so in a way that protects the health and safety of everyone.
For traffic safety, the motorcycle part of the procession will be by invitation only. Riders who want to pay their respects are kindly asked to line the route and not join the procession as it passes.
As the families are grieving as a result of their tragic losses, we request the public and the media respect their privacy.
Planned motorcade route for Pyke:
Planned motorcade route for MacDonald, Miron-Morin, and Cousins: