VIDEO: Motorcade procession memorializes Nanaimo pilot killed in military helicopter crash

The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27. He was one of six who died in a helicopter crash in the Mediterranean Sea in late April. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Royal Oak Drive was lined with people waiting to pay their respects as the memorial motorcade procession accompanied fallen Canadian Armed Forces member Capt. Kevin Hagen to a Saanich funeral home on June 27. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27 and taken to a Saanich funeral home via a police-escorted motorcade. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The crowd on Royal Oak Drive grew quickly as people waited patiently for the procession to come down Highway 17. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
People of all ages clutched Canadian flags and signs as they waited for the memorial procession to come down Highway 17. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Members of the Greater Victoria police departments joined civilians on Royal Oak Drive on June 27 to pay respects to Capt. Kevin Hagen who was killed in a helicopter crash off the coast of Greece in April. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27 and taken to a Saanich funeral home via a police-escorted motorcade. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen, from Nanaimo, was returned to Vancouver Island on June 27 and taken to a Saanich funeral home via a police-escorted motorcade. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen was carried into a Saanich funeral home on June 27 by other members of the Armed Forces. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen was carried into a Saanich funeral home on June 27 by other members of the Armed Forces. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen was carried into a Saanich funeral home on June 27 by other members of the Armed Forces. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen was carried into a Saanich funeral home on June 27 by other members of the Armed Forces. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen was carried into a Saanich funeral home on June 27 by other members of the Armed Forces. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
The body of Capt. Kevin Hagen was carried into a Saanich funeral home on June 27 by other members of the Armed Forces. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Member of local fire departments, including View Royal and Sidney, lined the streets of the Saanich Peninsula. (Courtesy of View Royal Fire Rescue)

Police escorted a memorial motorcade procession for late Canadian Armed Forces Capt. Kevin Hagen from the Victoria International Airport to a Saanich funeral home on Saturday (June 27).

Hagen, originally from Nanaimo, was one of six Canadian military personnel killed when a CH-148 Cyclone helicopter crashed off the coast of Greece during a NATO training mission on April 29.

According to a previous statement from the Armed Forces, Hagen’s remains were recovered during a search and recovery operation conducted by the Canadian Armed Forces and the U.S. Navy between May 25 and June 2.

Hagen’s body was returned to Vancouver Island on Saturday afternoon and transported to the McCall Gardens Funeral and Cremation Service on Falaise Drive. A police-escorted motorcade procession accompanied the Hagen family to the funeral home.

The procession, including various military and civilian dignitaries, left the airport around 1:30 p.m. Willingdon Road was closed for a short time as the motorcade passed through the area and onto the Pat Bay highway.

“We appreciate the outstanding support of our communities for the families of our fallen,” said the Armed Forces in a statement earlier in the week.

Those wishing to pay their respects were asked to adhere to COVID-19 safety restrictions and traffic rules.

“While the Canadian Armed Forces 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.”

The family was not available for comment as the Armed Forces requested that “the public and the media respect their privacy.”

Armed forced members Sub-Lt. Abbigail Cowbrough, Capt. Brenden MacDonald, Sub-Lt. Matthew Pyke and Master Cpl. Matthew Cousins were also killed in the helicopter crash.

READ ALSO: Body of serviceman from Vancouver Island, who died in helicopter crash, to be returned Saturday

READ ALSO: Remains of Nanaimo native, involved in helicopter crash near Greece, identified

READ ALSO: Canadian Forces members, killed in helicopter crash, honoured at ceremony


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