Lincoln Alexander is coming home to Hamilton.
The motorcade carrying the body of Lincoln Alexander, 90, will arrive in Hamilton late Monday. It will travel from the QEW to the 403 and enter the city appropriately enough, through the Lincoln Alexander Parkway.
"We've got to get everybody out on the bridges with their Canadian flags," said Chris Ecklund, president of the Canadian Heroes Project.
Lincoln Alexander's motorcade is expected to arrive in the city about 9:30. It should get to city hall at about 10 p.m. It will follow this route:
Highway 403 to Lincoln Alexander Expressway to Upper James;
Upper James northbound to Clairmont Access;
Clairmont Access to Victoria Ave to King St E;
West on King St E to Wellington St N and then south to Hunter St E;
Hunter St westerly to Bay St;
Bay St to Main and onto City Hall forecourt to the front entrance to City Hall
Ecklund travelled to Queen's Park on Sunday to pay his respects to the former lieutenant governor of Ontario and former Hamilton West MP.
"I went to pay my respects to a great Canadian and Hamiltonian," said Ecklund. "I first met him in 1985 and I learned a lot from him. He was the most humble man I've ever met. If more people were as humble as he was, the world would be a better place."
On Tuesday, Hamiltonians can honour his memory publicly. Alexander will lie in repose in front of the council chambers on the second floor of city hall starting Tuesday at 8 a.m until Thursday at 8 p.m.
Visitors who want to leave their thoughts or recollections of Alexander, can sign condolence books on the main floor of city hall. The pages will form part of a larger condolence book that will later be presented to the family.
On Friday, a state funeral will be held at Hamilton Place. The procession will start at city hall at 12:30 p.m. The route will travel east on Main Street, stopping in front of the Cenotaph before moving on the Hamilton Place.
The funeral will begin at 2:30 p.m.
The public is welcome. But seating is limited and the doors of Hamilton Place will close at 2 p.m.
The motorcade is expected to follow this route.
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