Homecoming motorcade procession for Captain Brenden MacDonald, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins

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News Article / June 24, 2020

Halifax – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Update: Please note that the motorcade for Capt Brenden MacDonald, Capt Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke, and MCpl Matthew Cousins is now anticipated to depart the Halifax International Airport at approximately 6:45 pm.

If you would like to pay your respects please adhere to COVID-19 restrictions and #physicaldistancing.

Captain Brenden MacDonald, Captain Maxime Miron-Morin, Sub-Lieutenant Matthew Pyke, and Master Corporal Matthew Cousins will arrive home in Halifax and Truro, Nova Scotia, 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 Sub-Lieutenant Abbigail Cowbrough took place on May 11 and the homecoming for Captain Kevin Hagen will be held in Victoria, British Columbia, 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, Nova Scotia.

The departure time is planned for 5:45 p.m. (ADT) and the detailed route is outlined below. Please note there might be delays or changes to the route due to circumstances beyond our control.

We appreciate the outstanding support of our communities for the families of our fallen and the Canadian Armed Forces. For those who wish to recognize Captain MacDonald’s, Captain Miron-Morin’s, Sub-Lieutenant Pyke’s, and Master Corporal Cousins’ return home, we ask that you join us 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, we ask 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 SLt Pyke:

  1. Start at the Park ’n’ Fly parking lot on Barnes Dr, exit right
  2. Turn right on Baldwin Dr to Pratt and Whitney Dr
  3. Turn right on Pratt and Whitney Dr to Bell Blvd
  4. Turn left on Bell Blvd and take the exit for NS-102 North (Truro)
  5. Take Exit 13 to McClures Mills Road / Truro Heights Connector Road
  6. Turn left onto Willow St / Nova Scotia Trunk 2 North
  7. Turn right onto Arthur St
  8. Turn left onto Young St
  9. Turn right into the Mattatall-Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St, Truro

Planned motorcade route for Capt MacDonald, Capt Miron-Morin, and MCpl Cousins:

  1. Start at the Park ’n’ Fly parking lot on Barnes Dr, exit right
  2. Turn right on Baldwin Dr to Pratt to Whitney Dr
  3. Turn left on Pratt and Whitney Dr to Aerotech Dr
  4. Turn right on Aerotech Dr to NS-102
  5. Take NS-102 South (Halifax) exit
  6. Follow the NS-102 South, keep left at the fork to continue on NS-118
  7. Take Exit 11 to merge onto NS-111 South to Pleasant St
  8. Turn left on Pleasant St to Corsair Dr
  9. Turn left on Corsair Dr to Banshee Ave
  10. Turn right on Banshee Ave to Swordfish Dr
  11. Turn right on Swordfish Dr to Boundary Rd
  12. Turn left on Boundary Rd to Magnificent Ave
  13. Turn right on Magnificent Ave
  14. Turn right on Bonaventure St to Main Rd
  15. Turn left on Main Rd, through Eastern Passage to Cow Bay Rd
  16. Turn left on Cow Bay Rd to Caldwell Rd
  17. Turn left on Caldwell Rd to Cole Harbour Rd (Portland St turns into Cole Harbour Rd)
  18. Turn right onto Cole Harbour Rd to Forest Hills Parkway
  19. Turn left on Forest Hills Parkway to Main St
  20. Turn right on Main St, drive 100 metres past the Montague Rd intersection
  21. Turn left into the Atlantic Funeral Home, 771 Main St, Dartmouth

Contacts

Major Mark Gough
Senior Public Affairs Officer at Maritime Forces Atlantic
Phone:  902-401-5529
Email: mark.gough2@forces.gc.ca

Captain Lynne Patterson
12 Wing Shearwater Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 902-441-3709
Email: lynne.patterson@forces.gc.ca


 

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